This past Saturday was the memorial service for my dear friend and mentor, Mary Connors.
Several of us spoke about our experiences with Mary.
She was a fantastic woman who lived well because she loved well.
She loved well because she chose to understand others well.
She loved well because she always reserved judgment of others well.
She loved well because she saw the good in others well.
I could go on and on and on…
I jotted some notes in my journal after Mary’s memorial service.
What a wonderful memorial for Mary. A fitting tribute representative of a life well-lived. I am so lucky that God saw fit for our paths to cross on life’s journey. The family was so kind and gracious.
Life can be tricky if you aren’t careful.
Everything that you think matters often doesn’t. Religious knowledge, titles, degrees, political opinion, accomplishments, wealth, status, I.Q.–in fact, none of it matters if you don’t love well.
Our son, Jordan has none of the above but loves the living daylights out of everyone who crosses his path.
The only thing that matters in this life is how well you love.
I often hear people telling others to “live well.”
It’s essential to live well; no one strives more to live well than yours truly, but a life lived well is worth very little if you haven’t also loved well.
Living well without loving well is like scoring 50 points in a basketball game and losing; the 50 points did not make a difference in the game’s outcome.
Love well, and you will live well.
This is the greatest lesson I learned from my time with Mary Connors.
Thank you, Mary.
How well are you living?
Said differently–how well are you loving?
Colossians 3:14, “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
1 John 4:8, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 Corinthians 16:14, “Let all that you do be done in love.”