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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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On a hot day in western Texas, my niece Vania saw a woman standing by a stoplight and holding up a sign. As she drove closer, she tried to read what the sign said, assuming it was a request for food or money. Instead, she was surprised to see these three words:


"You Have Purpose"


God has created each of us for a specific purpose. Primarily that purpose is to bring honor to Him, and one way we do thetas by meeting the needs of others (1 Peter 4:10-11).


A mother of young children may find purpose in wiping runny noses and telling her kids about Jesus. An employee in an unsatisfying job might find his purpose in doing his work conscientiously, remembering it is the Lord he is serving (Colossians 3:23-24). A woman who has lost her sight still finds purpose in praying for her children and grandchildren and influencing them to trust God.


Psalm 139 says that before we were born "all the days ordained for [us] were written in [His] book" (verse 16). We are "fearfully and wonderfully mad" to bring glory to our Creator (verse 14).


Never forget: You have purpose!

-Cindy Hess Kasper

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