On Saturday, my family and I participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk. We did it in honor and remembrance of our brother-in-law David who passed away in 2015 at the age of 54 of complications from valve replacement surgery. It was so encouraging to see so many walking to raise money for this wonderful organization that is on the front lines of battling heart disease.
As we drove home, I started thinking about how my entire life is supposed to be a heart walk. One that is marked and motivated by love. I Corinthians 13:1-3 makes it clear that we can’t be or do anything of value without it: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (NIV)
Love is what caused God to send His Son to make a way for us to know and spend eternity with Him (John 3:16-17). Once we receive His gift of salvation, Ephesians 5:1-2 tells us to: …be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us…. (ESV)
All of us are called to live our lives as a heart walk. Each and every day, one step at a time.
Just something I’m clumsily attempting to put into practice along the way.