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“What’s Goin’ On?” a song released a short time after 9/11, featuring some of the most sought-after artists in secular music, including Bono, Alicia Keys, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, and several others, asked a simple question: “What’s going on?” What is going on in our world that would cause us to hurt each other, to take lives, to not love each other? What has made us so cynical, so indifferent? We only do what we need to do to get by.

In this world that is dangerously self-deserving, it’s almost impossible to find anything or anyone self-sacrificing. Love, the most self-sacrificing concept, has become a word that now describes just about anything: “I love that movie. I love that song. I love this shirt.” We have lost the importance and significance of this little word. Our definition of love is ridiculously obscure. Love should be the foundation of our relationships. It’s the reason we commit, the reason we let our guard down, the reason we endure the smooth and rough patches of life. Without this four-letter word, we are desperately handicapped.

Disconnected Lives

As we all live our own disconnected lives, our relationships become obsolete. They become these human speed bumps on our speedway lives. And as Christians, we have bought into that mentality. We refuse to give ourselves completely to the people around us. We short-change our families, our significant others, our co-workers. We have forgotten what our place is. We are no longer unknown. We belong. We are loved.

Christ’s love makes us whole. It makes our families whole. He causes our lives to come full-circle. Without Him – without His love – we are oblivious to our true calling. We need Him to reveal to us, in His patient and merciful way, that our true calling is to our families. To love those that have given us so much. Christ’s commandment is to go all out in our love. He is building us up in love. He’s building our families up in love. The apostle Paul’s words to the Ephesians are a perfect challenge to us as we make Christ the Cornerstone of our relationships:

“God is building a home. He’s using us all – irrespective of how we got here – in what He is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now He’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day – a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home” (Ephesians 2:19-22).

Go ahead! Go all out in your love!

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