The ultimate form of service you can perform is to love others unconditionally. After all, you are where you are due to the love and grace of the One who made sure you were alive today, so your way of thanking Him, is to show love to your fellow kinsmen on a daily basis. Yes, that’s right, even the ones that irritate, annoy, ignore, condemn, and/or hate you. It is, and never was, your place to repay another person based on what they gave you. If it isn’t unconditional love, it simply isn’t enough.
Truth is, everyone is going through some form of personal battle/struggle at all times. This thing called Life, is pretty adept at throwing some pretty good curve balls. And the last thing you want to do is join Life in throwing those curve-balls at someone else. That curve ball may cause someone to stumble a bit, and instead of joining Life in one of its favorite pastimes, you can show some unconditional loving by extending that arm of yours to soften their fall, or help them get back up.
Forget the metaphors and let’s think about what UL (unconditional love) looks like. In the jungle that is middle school cafeterias, unconditional love is scouting out for that one kid who sits alone, (the one that others avoid like the plague to keep their “cool-ness” intact), sitting by her and starting a conversation by asking how her classes are going. UL is offering to purchase that shoe for the 5-year old boy who drooled over them before begging his father to buy it for him, but encountered yet another reluctant “next time Tucker…”. UL is anonymously buying the widowed father, two streets down, a bag of groceries and leaving it with a note of encouragement at his front step. UL is washing the slumber from your eyes at 2:12 a.m. in the morning when the bestie calls, and you hear her sobbing on the phone, providing the listening and understanding ear she oh so desires. UL is still offering to hold the door open for the office colleague who was responsible for spreading false rumors about you the day before, not thinking you would find out. UL is simply being kind when you don’t have to because at the end of the day, we all need a little bit of unconditional love in our lives. It’s by doing this, we make that curve ball in someone’s life a bit more bearable; encouraging them to swing again at Life.
It’s true what they say, you know? After time has passed, people may not remember what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. We have the power to make another person feel important when the world tells them otherwise. So today, this week, this month, and for the rest of your life, sprinkle some agape love wherever you go. And once you’ve mastered the art of sprinkling like Salt Bae (google “Salt Bae Nusret Gökçe” if you have yet to know this internet sensation), spray that love around like a fireman hosing down a flaming building.