“May the Force be with you”. If you don’t recognize that quote, then the idea of today, May 4th, won’t mean anything to you. But for Star Wars fans they perk up today and are happy to say to each other, “May the 4th be with you!” It’s a thing and it has been for now two generations and I expect it will be for another one that is growing up now. It’s hard to know what will catch on and hang around, but there is always something that does until it just becomes part of our everyday culture. And, thus do those things that were once part of our world, that then fade away until one day it was like they were never here. I think this is why we are to not get too fixated on what is great or what is terrible right now, as it could be gone and a distant memory soon. And somethings in life, we are really happy for them to fade away.
What can we truly hang onto and know it will never fade, remains eternal and will be as relevant tomorrow as it was yesterday? Really, all we have that meets that expectation is the love of God to us. I’m amazed at the number of people who would never had said, “I love you” at an end of a call or Zoom, but today they do. It makes my heart warm to know that we are becoming more tender with each other and realizing that others in our life are really precious and can’t be taken for granted. Could it be that God’s love is showing up in us in a way that it can’t without going through loss? God does not force His love on us, nor does He force us to love others, but when we love Him and we put that love to action for others it becomes a force that can stick around forever.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:8 (New Living Translation)