My great aunt loves to feed animals, any type of animals. Stray ones, wild ones, and even the pets of our neighbors. As long as there are animals around, she will feed them. When she cook her daily meals, she also prepares enough extra to ensure the animals will get their share. She is extremely mindful and has a tend heart towards animals.
Once in a while our neighbor’s dog will occasionally come into our yard looking to see if food is available. Once, when my great uncle was teaching a class, he suddenly directed the students’ attention to what was happening outside of the glass door. “You see that dog? You see that lady over there?That lady (pointing to my great aunt) feeds that stray dog every day. That’s how much she loves animals. She loves each of you even more!”
Those words that came out of my great uncle’s mouth made me pause for a few minutes. How can a person be so loving? If a person is so loving to others, will s/he still have time for her/himself? Wouldn’t a person get tired of giving love? What if s/he runs out of love to give?
I think the answer to these questions is made up of three words only: GOD IS LOVE. When a person starts to know and experience God’s love, like my great aunt does, impossible things can happen.
Going back to the history of creation, God made man in His image, according to His likeness, and let men have dominion over all His creation. That means we were so special to God that He entrusted us to rule over His creation.
The first man and woman ruled the earth perfectly and peacefully for a time. It wasn’t until sin entered the world that the human race fell. Humans were no longer perfect, and sin ushered in sickness, sadness, depression, anxiety, poverty, corruption, etc. You name it. It was (and still is) Sin that separates us from a holy and perfect God.
Despite the wrong choices we make, God still loves us. God still loves you. His love is so great that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, who lived among us in flesh and died on the cross of Calvary 2,000 years ago that whoever will believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. God sent His only begotten Son to save, not condemn, the world. Jesus died instead of you and me. This is the most powerful demonstration of love the world ever has.
The more I understand the depth of God’s great love, the more I love Him. The more I love Him, the more I want to extend His love to others. I have learned how to share my time with others (which I usually don’t as an introvert), how to serve other people (which I used to avoid because of a fear of being taken advantage of), and how to be more empathetic (which I didn’t like before because it gave me a headache) hoping that through the LOVE I’m trying to extend, people might see God. In the ancient Greek terminology, it is called Agape love. The love of God for man and of man for God. It is the highest form of love.
We are not exempt from experiencing pain and trials in this life. If we run out of love to give, we can always attach ourselves to the main Source of love. He is always ready to pour out His love into us making us able to give love again. Just like my great aunt, who attentively loves both animals and humans. “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us”(Philippians 4:13). When we are depleted, empty, or just in need of a topping off, we can go to the Source and be filled with love. God can make us “able” from being “unable”.