Is Love Still the Most Excellent Way?

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Is love still the most excellent way?

When I parent my kids, is love still the most excellent way?
When I speak to my wife, is love still the most excellent way?
When I manage employees, is love still the most excellent way?
When I walk into Starbucks, is love still the most excellent way?
When I lead and pastor in a church, is love still the most excellent way?
When I host an Alpha Course table on Wednesday, is love still the most excellent way?

When I read a conservative’s post on Facebook, is love still the most excellent way?
When I read a liberal’s post on Facebook, is love still the most excellent way?
When I read an independent’s post on Facebook, is love still the most excellent way?
When I watch the news, is love still the most excellent way?

When I write a weekly Wednesday blog post, is love still the most excellent way?

When I take a stance on the issue of immigration, is love still the most excellent way?
When I take a stance on racial reconciliation, is love still the most excellent way?
When I take a stance on the next issue we’ll all be taking a stance on, is love still the most excellent way?
When I have to decide between taking a stance or taking action or both, is love still the most excellent way?

When the world goes quiet on immigration, is love still the most excellent way?
When refugees continue to live in close by neighborhoods, is love still the most excellent way?

At best, I have been a clanging cymbal. 

1 Corinthians 13: 1-3: If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

I don’t want to be a clanging cymbal.

Love is patient. God, thank you for being patient with me and my slow growth.
Love is kind. God, give me a kind heart.
Love does not envy. God, remove the envy I feel towards others.
Love is not proud. God, shatter the pride I have in myself.
Love is not self-seeking. God, help me seek to understand others.
Love is not easily-angered. God, give me self-control.
Love keeps no record of wrong. God, thank you for forgiving me.
Love does not delight in evil. God, search me and remove any sin.
Love rejoices in the truth. God, bring me back to Your truth.

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

I believe love is still the most excellent way. And it looks like my family and I have plenty of room to grow in loving all people, both near and far.