October 21, 2010 Living love.

Last week, a young girl in our church – just days away from her 15th birthday committed suicide. Although I didn’t personally know Kristina, this hit us all hard. And I have been thinking about it since I heard the news… and I had to share my thoughts. My thoughts can be summed up as such:

Love.

Active and intentional love.

If I have learned anything through this crisis, this is it. This is what I am being challenged with in my daily life. Each person I come in contact with is just that – a person. A person that needs love, encouragement and to be built up. I am guilty of becoming so busy and self-absorbed I forget to intentionally “be” with the people around me – be it in person, online or on the phone.

I may not know who is hurting – so why not love recklessly? Spread cheer, joy and encouragement lavishly.

I want to be a person of Love.

Although this post started on a tragic note – my prayer is you read and are encouraged to live a life of love. That you read this and are encouraged. Be it a random act of kindness, an encouraging word, a hug, a listening ear… may I encourage you (and me!) to love wildly today.

I saw this video awhile back at our old church… I love it. I love watching the diversity of the respondents. As I watch I wonder when some of them were hugged last. Why not give a free hug today.

Celebrating LIFE and LOVE!!!

Krista

5 Responses to “Living love.”

  1. diane says:

    this made me very reflective and I thank you for that….treat each and everyone with kindness, everyday…..

  2. Beth says:

    Thanks for this post Krista, a good reminder for all of us.

  3. Tara says:

    What a great post Krista to remind us that everyone around us has a story. The free hugs video was perfect!
    My heart goes out to the young girls family.

  4. Shannon says:

    Krista-tragic post that makes me very sad. Having known someone close to my family that also commited suicide this is very real and close to my heart…We need to Live this kind of love!

  5. Dawn says:

    Thanks for posting this reminder… heart breaking and heart launching at the same time… thanks for loving out loud — I believe that’s the most important thing Jesus asks us to do.
    Love ya!

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