I made a new friend yesterday afternoon. Her name is Rajeeka.
Rajeeka and her family recently opened a new restaurant in Greek town, Toronto and if you’re ever in the area, I would encourage you to check it out. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is so welcoming.
We intended to eat a small meal but with Rajeeka as our hostess, Chris and I enjoyed the conversation so much we ended up staying long enough to sample an assortment of homemade pastries, drink two London fog lattes and a Cappuccino, hear Rajeeka’s family story and wrap up four delicious homemade rotis to take home.
At one point in the conversation, twenty-two-year-old Rajeeka asked me this question: “Why can’t everybody in this world just get along?” followed by this simple truth and profound statement: “If you’re a human being, I love you.”
She really caught me off guard.
What a beautiful way to think – “If you’re a human being, I love you.”
How many of us can make such a claim?
Seems like the older we get, the more cynical we become, doesn’t it? Or is it just getting-older- fatigue that wears us out? Yet, Jesus tells us to finish strong. 2 Timothy 4.7 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” We are to run this race with perseverance and we are to love ’til our dyin’ day.
We are to love well.
“Love is a choice that freely accepts another and seeks their highest good.” I learned this definition of love thirty years ago. The grammar is questionable but the challenge is profound.
Thanks, Rajeeka for your enthusiasm, optimism and beautiful smile. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and encourage you to keep loving everybody!
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15.12