Love Out Loud

Living on purpose means to live for God, not for ourselves. And as a result of living for God, we also serve others with our life. A way to show this is by loving out loud. What does it mean to love out loud? Loving out loud means to live in such a way that others around you can see a difference in your life. It means to love on people as often as you can, always doing what you can to make others’ lives easier.  You may have heard people say “actions speak louder than words”, which is a completely accurate statement. For example, when I was in 10th grade, there was a new student who was in my gym class and his name is KayJay. KayJay had an awful life growing up. He moved from house to house, parent to parent, family member to family member, just trying to get a better life. Well, I decided to get to know KayJay better. I started to form a relationship with this student and as I did, so did my brother. We told him that if he ever needs a place to stay that he is always welcome in our house. And he did need a place to stay, many times. There were many times where he would stay at our house for multiple days at a time because he didn’t want to go home. Anytime he needed us we would do whatever we could to make sure he was okay. He started to notice all of the sacrifices we were gladly willing to make for him, he started to take an interest in our lives, and so he started coming to church with us and decided to give his life to Christ! All he needed was to see what real love actually looked like in order to make a decision to give his life to Christ.

Because we made sacrifices daily for this student after he grew up with so many let downs, he was able to see God’s love through it.  We need to be sacrificial in our everyday lives. But we need to make sure that while making these sacrifices that we are giving all of the glory to God, not ourselves. Otherwise we are just doing good things for people and trying to claim the glory, which isn’t right.  In everything we do, we need to make sure we are glorifying God through it all. Don’t just tell people you love them, show them. You could get someone a gift, or maybe mow somebody’s lawn, or even buy someone lunch. Do small things that let people know that there is someone who cares about them.