October 2, 2023 Do you ever feel that:
 • You don’t have the right words to say?
 • You don’t understand things well enough?
 • You don’t have enough faith in God?
 • You don’t do enough for other people?
Take a deep breath and find encouragement in knowing that there is something far more important:
Read these words from 1 Corinthians 12:31 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-3:
“But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
Some translations describe the phrase in the first verse that says, "a way of life that is best of all" as “the most excellent way.” We can be distracted by trying to accomplish things that are more easily seen or admired, but the greatest way is the way of love. 
Mother Teresa said it this way, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Instead of pressuring yourself to do something impressive, focus on choosing the most excellent way of love.
Questions to consider:
As you go through your day, ask yourself, “How can I choose the way of love?”
Who comes to your mind as an example of being loving? How do they show love?
An action step to take:
Read through 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Choose one of the phrases about love to focus on today.
Visit the 21 Days of Selfless Living page at wschurch.org/21days