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Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 16.

Love Does

“Do everything in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:14

I must have been the last person on the planet to get a smartphone. I just couldn’t see how a phone could be smart. Besides, I don’t even like to talk on the phone. I’d rather send a note or an email.

Eventually, I succumbed to society’s gravitational pull toward technology, and I got a smartphone. But then I just stared at it. Because it didn’t have any buttons — at least not the kind where you can feel the button lower as you push it. Nope. My dumb phone didn’t have any buttons. My teenage daughter how to teach me how to swipe and tap.

Swiping and tapping. Imagine that.

I kept hearing about all these amazing apps, too, so I gave the app thing a try. But I couldn’t get into it. The apps required too much swiping and tapping.

I gave up on all the apps. Except one. There’s this one app that looks like a yellow legal pad. It’s for notes. Ahhh. I love notes. And this little electronic notepad lets me create lists. Any time. Any place.

While waiting for my daughter’s ballet class to finish, I can make a list.
While sitting at my son’s karate lesson, I can make a list.

Lists. Lists. Lists.

I’m a lover of lists because I love being productive. So if I’m not being productive at the moment, I can at least begin a list of things I can do later to be productive.

Yes, being productive is good, but it’s good only to a degree.

The lists I make are to-do lists. They’re lists of things I need to do. Because I like doing a lot of doing.

But doing without loving isn’t really doing anything at all.

In today’s passage, Paul admonishes the people who love God to do everything in love. Because doing for the sake of doing doesn’t do anything. Only love does.

Love can do more to change a heart than a million tiny checkmarks on a to-do list ever could. Love changes everything. So with every new list I create, I look at each list with an eye for love. I ask myself: How can I do the things on this list with love?

I want to approach each new day the same way. In the morning when I rise, I look at the list of things I want to accomplish that day, then I ask God to show me how to do each task in love.

Because the most important thing we could ever do, is love.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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