Choices We Make

 Colossians 3:14-15

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

Each day when we rise, we make decisions. We decide what outfit we will put on for the day. We decide what we will eat (or not!) for breakfast. We decide if we will read the paper, watch the news, check our emails or some online social media. We decide what route to take to work based on traffic reports. If we are not going to work, we decide what activities will make up our day. Let’s face it, within the first few moments of waking, we are already making dozens of choices that will affect the following hours.

It would be very easy to forget to make one incredibly important choice. A choice that we forget IS a choice each day. The choice to wear love. The option to put on love just like we would decide to put on our favorite shirt or carry an umbrella as we prepare for the rainy forecast of the day. As Paul notes in the above scripture, love is what binds all other virtues together and if we forget to add it to the mix then we will be disjointed and fragmented…we will be unable to stand together as one family. How could we forget to wear love? Yet we often do forget this important virtue.

In the busy-ness of the mornings…when children need your attention, your significant other is stressed about the coming day or you may, yourself, have a big event pending…it is simply too easy to leave love hanging in the closet with the other pieces of clothing left for another day and quickly move about your morning. Yet this one item (love), like forgetting to brush your teeth or wearing mismatched shoes, will simply make you feel incomplete or unfinished for the remainder of your day. I encourage you to remind yourself, in whatever way you need, to “put on love” before anything else each day.

By wearing love, you are more likely to reflect Jesus’ love for you in word and action throughout the day. When you actively seek out the mantel of love around your shoulders, you purposefully set your mind on “things above” despite the chaos that may be hitting you from all sides. I can attest to a change in attitude when I choose this love first in the morning but it certainly is a discipline. Remembering this active choice is easier said than done.

So, how will you incorporate wearing love into your daily decisions? Will you put a reminder note on your bathroom mirror? On the door before you leave the house? Maybe on the refrigerator as a reminder? I believe that if more of us actively add love each day, our world would be a kinder, more compassionate and healthier place to live. What will you choose?