My mother’s closet was as fastidious as she – blazers on one side, slacks on the other, and on the shelf, rows of purses and hats (floppy Florida hats, the pinker, the better.) Most everything carried a designer label.
After mom’s memorial service, the women of the family had eyes for her closet. I was among the first. Thanks to some encouragement from Cathy and Jeanne, I chose several blazers, one of which remains a favorite. Light blue with white polka dots, short and flared, this jacket has seen me through scary meetings and presentations. It reminds me of mom’s zest for life and love of people.
I have always wished I could be as extroverted as my mother was. During social gatherings, she would seek the spotlight, while I sought the sidelines, a 5-hour Energy in hand. My mom would chide me to stop slouching, keep my shoulders back, and hold my head high.
The reality is I will never be an easy extrovert like my mom.
But there is one thing I can aspire to. Paul says that each day we should “put on love”. Colossians 3:14
It seems God cares more about our level of love than He does our eloquent speech and fine clothes. 1 Corinthians says we are “bankrupt without love“.
-never gives up.
-cares more for others than for self.
-doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
–doesn’t have a swelled head,
-doesn’t force itself on others,
–isn’t always “me first,”
–doesn’t fly off the handle,
–doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
–doesn’t revel when others grovel,
-takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
-puts up with anything,
-trusts God always,
-always looks for the best,
-never looks back,
-keeps going to the end.
Mom’s light blue jacket is starting to fray, but her love for people and God has endured to the next generation.
Because love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13 The Message (MSG)
The Way of Love
13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
Colossians 3:14-17 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.