From the moment you are born until the moment you die; and every second and every minute and every hour and every day and every month and every year and every decade, the purpose of life is God giving you and me the time to learn how to love, as God loves.
The purpose of time, of every moment and every day and every year is that God is teaching us what it means to be truly loving people.
The shape of God’s love in us is forever changing throughout all of our lives. God’s love in us never stays the same and constantly continues to expand the closer we connect with God.
In 1 Corinthians: 13 we read about the shape of God’s Love. We hear the following scripture read at many a wedding.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends.
In 1 John, chapter 4, the author John says, “God is love.” That is the first time in the history of the human race that the phrase has ever been said, “God is love.”
Love is about that unconditional honouring of another. Love is being caring, and compassionate, asking nothing in return but always, always wanting the best for the other. Love is always positive and affirming. Love makes a difference in our lives. There is no end to the depth of God’s love.
In Romans 8:35 we learn through the apostle Paul: (Our school text)
Neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s love for us is always about making a difference in this world; making this world a better place.
Making a Difference
Very soon in Chapel, we will be enjoying Homeroom Services. These Friday services will replace what used to be called ‘Form Class Chapels’.
The plan for this year is that each House chooses an overall theme and each Homeroom then chooses a topic from this theme to share for their chapel services.
The underlining idea for each Homeroom service will be ‘Making a difference in the world’.
Recently in chapel, I shared a powerful story on ‘making a difference’:
The Star Fish
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that it was a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water. He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.” The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
So, can I encourage you to take the time to do something that will make difference to someone else’s life … and it doesn’t have to be much and they don’t need to know. Just take a moment, do something special … the universe will know and that’s enough.
Go out into the world and make a difference.
Reverend Joy Hamilton-Jones, Chaplain