“Love is the only way,” A lesson from the Royal Wedding
I was up at 6:30 am on Saturday to watch the royal wedding. I had three text streams going with all of my girlfriends. We mainly wanted to see what everyone was wearing and to witness history. Needless to say, it was beautiful. However, about half way through the service, the Most Reverend Michael Curry from Chicago, Illinois took the microphone and gave a sermon that really resonated. The subject was love (of course) but the following portion of the sermon, inspired me.
“Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial. And in so doing, becomes redemptive, and that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love, changes lives. And it can change this world. If you don’t believe me, just stop and think or imagine. Think and imagine, well, think and imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when love is the way. Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family.”
No matter your religious persuasion, this should resonate and this is something that we need to constantly put in the forefront of the work that we do around poverty and equity. Think about the change that we could experience as a community if everyone approached their day to day this way. When leaders, businesses, government officials, non-profit leaders, volunteer, funders approach their work with love. Remembering that at the center of everything that we do are actual people, not numbers or outcomes or statistics. I always remind my staff that the experience that someone has when they first walk through our door is the most important. It takes proud people a great deal to arrive and say that they need help in some way, shape or form. We have to make sure that they don’t regret walking through that door because if they leave, we may never see them again. That is love and that is what we must all strive for in everything that we do. Love thy neighbor as thyself and change lives in the process.