The purpose of the 7 Daily Nuggets is to teach us what we need to know to live a prosperous life; the things that we may not have learned or are not currently learning in church, school, home or at work. Let’s apply what we learn here and share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
What is love? What is the greatest love of all?
Love is kind, patient, and unselfish. True love is all about sacrificial giving. It is easy to say these three words, hard to live by them. We are all capable of love. We are all designed for love.
Love is a human relation. Love is acceptance of others. Love is all about sacrificial giving. Love is an experience.
Without love we are not capable of experiencing happiness and joy.
1. The love for God. The greatest commandment is to love God. The love for parents. God and parents created us out of love for love. God and parents want our future to be bigger than our past. Why not love them? They love us without expecting anything in return. No matter how lowly or rotten we think we are they still love us and care about us.
2. The love for country, love for duty, and love for freedom. The love for our armed forces, the men and women who provide security and protection for us. Our armed forces men and women deserve our love. They sacrifice and put the love of country before the love for their families. Imagine a young man saying goodbye to his tearful wife and child as he leaves them at an airport departing to go fulfill his duties in another continent.
3. The love for family, for spouse, for brother, for friend. The love for our parents who created and cared for us. The sensual love for a spouse. Brotherly love is laying down our own life for a friend. A friend meets us where we are at and helps us to get better. Love is caring for a friend in need. The best for of love we can give to a friend is the gift of time with our full presence. True friends bear one another’s burdens.
4. The love for self and for a neighbor. We are only capable of giving what we possess. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Love is first given without expectations of ever being returned.
5. The love for the enemies, the unlovable. It is easy to love the lovable; true love loves the unlovable even our enemies. The only way to turn enemies into friends is to love them despite their faults and transgressions.
6. The love for all of God’s creations. The love for nature means to protect and preserve nature. Love the beauty around us; the plants, the animals, the ocean, the planets and the stars, the wind, the storms, and the falling snow.
7. The love for children and the elders. Love those who cared for us and for those who are in need of our care. Children need our love and elders do as well. Our future rests on our love for the children and the love they see us demonstrate to demonstrate for our elders.
Love for God comes first, love for country comes next, than all others form of love. Imagine living in a Godless country ruled by a Godless dictator?
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)