Possess love above all

Lanita Perez 

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of love states that it is a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person. I also looked up the meaning of the word constant which means happening all the time or very often over a period of time: staying the same or not changing and always loyal. This is how God loves us and communicates how He wants us to love Him and others.

Jesus replied:“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

Fresh out of high school I landed a job at a company located in downtown Los Angeles. I was quickly promoted after 9 months and I was excited to be moving up a few floors. Everyone I worked with treated me well and they were open to helping me get acquainted with my position. Two years later I was promoted again and I was so excited to meet the new group of people I would be working with. It had been so easy getting along with everyone so far and the kindness that had been displayed was exceptional.

The day I showed up for the new position the supervisor introduced me to the staff and mentioned to me in private that I wasn’t that great. The comment she made was strange since I had just met her. She motioned for me to sit down at my new desk to start my training. She sat down in the chair next to me and said, “You can only ask me questions once”. She showed me a large ruler and wrote my name on it with a black Sharpie and mentioned that if I entered data incorrectly she would hit me with the ruler. All I could think of when I got home that day was why was she so incredibly mean? As I got to know the other coworkers I saw that they would regularly rally together behind the supervisor’s back and express how much they didn’t like her. The things I heard spoken against her made me terribly sad and I knew that I needed to do something that would make a difference.

In our department I volunteered to purchase a card and a cake for upcoming birthdays. When it was time for our supervisor to have a birthday no one wanted to participate. I purchased a card and cake for her and wrote everyone’s name in the card hoping she wouldn’t notice. Well she noticed that all the names in her birthday card were printed; not signed and in the same penmanship. She was not happy. I tried really hard to make up for her misfortune, but it didn’t work. She was not a loving person, but I was determined to love her anyway.

After working with my supervisor for over 7 years the love I consistently showed her made an impact. She became fond of me and even started to trust me. I wasn’t being kind to her to become her best friend, but God’s word commands that we are to love one another. At the end of 7 years of working in the department we received news that everyone would soon need to relocated with the company out of state to keep their jobs. I accepted the layoff package and decided to stay in California. That summer I had a birthday and I had been laid off from the company for some time. To my surprise I received a phone call from my old supervisor saying, “It’s your birthday, I have a cake for you and I would like to drive it out to the Inland Empire”. I mentioned it to friends that were over at the house who I had asked to pray for this woman years earlier; they could not believe that it was the same person. She drove out to my house and delivered the most beautiful and delicious chocolate cake I had ever seen and tasted. I remember the cake being at least 3 tiers tall and made like a wedding cake with pink frosting. She had the cake baked professionally and placed on top to my surprise was the closest replica of me that she could find.

I am so thankful that I expressed love to someone that wasn’t so lovely. Praise God for the love she showed me in return.

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