Love is Why

If you have ever attended a Christian wedding, you’ve probably heard these words:

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13)

One of my new favorite bands, For King and Country, has recently taken these words and reworked them into a great song. “Let my life be the proof, the proof of your love,” repeats the chorus. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGuBoFjUZhE to listen) We can do all kinds of things in life and we can do them for all kinds of reasons. Some reasons are prideful, some are to avoid pain or to rechannel buried emotions, and some are self-serving in other ways. The truest actions, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13, are rooted in love.

Matt has a buddy from college who posted his blog the other day on his new website. He titled it “Love is Why.” His daughter Grace has a disease called Prader-Willi and in order to raise awareness and funding for research, JT has recorded a song that is downloadable on iTunes and at Amazon. (Visit www.gracieblueeyes.com to learn more) The reason behind his cause is his amazing love for his daughter. Love is why.

Love is why we at Compassion Tea are so passionate about selling tea. Yah, we really like tea and sure we get a kick out of sharing that passion and a really great cup of tea. But the sharing part alone would be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal if it weren’t for the second part of our mantra… save lives. Through every membership we sell, every pouch of tea, every accessory or gift, we know that medicines and medical supplies are going to get shipped or carried over to Africa and lives are going to be touched in positive ways. It’s one of those ripple effect things. We sell tea. We donate 100% of after-tax profits to CompassioNow. CompassioNow collects these funds and other donations – monetary and medical. Those donations are then used to ship or are shipped to partner clinics in Africa. Here is an example of how those donations then touch people.

Nellie Chitambo, a worker at Mission Medic Air in Zambia, recently wrote the following report: “The airplane is under maintenance so this trip was made using our land vehicle. It started as a normal trip when we left Ndola… Thursday morning. Unfortunately, the vehicle broke down partway to our destination. We had to rebuild the diesel pump and filter which delayed our arrival at the mission hospital significantly. We finally arrived in the early morning hours on Friday….
After resting, the medical team was allocated rooms to operate from and the team got their bags to the rooms to begin their work. There were so many patients that the Optician missed lunch in order to clear the long line of patients.
Medical side was also busy with the group having to take turns to have their lunch. On Saturday after finishing the clinic, the following numbers were treated:
-Medical 251 patients
-Optical 120 patients
15 patients booked for surgery
-Dental 44 patients
TOTAL 415 patients in all” (Read the full report at www.compassionow.org.)

415 people served during a two day clinic in the bush! CompassioNow has in the past provided funding for that airplane which has carried more than one person to hospital in the larger cities to get treatment he or she couldn’t possibly receive in the bush. Back in November, CompassioNow team members carried over suitcases full of eyeglasses and shots of Novocaine which would have been used by the optician and the dentist during this clinic.

We could stop here and pat ourselves on the back. Hey, great job, Compassion Tea/CompassioNow! But that would be all wrong. It feels great to know that what we are doing has dramatic impact on our neighbors in Africa, don’t get me wrong. But we love because God first loved us. And that love aches for those who haven’t been served, it rejoices for those who have, and it hopes for a future wherein we can love on even more people. Love is why.

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