It’s the end of a long year. It has been filled with ongoing uncertainty, huge challenges, opportunities for creativity and a reminder of the importance of connection with each other. The 2021 MOPS theme ‘Decide to Rise’ was the invitation we gave to MOPS groups- to ‘be strong’, ‘do your work’ and ‘chase joy’. Now, for 2022, we put out the call to be ‘All For Love’.
This upcoming year, we are boldly proclaiming that love is our logo. We have opportunities to show up in our communities in loving ways every day. Sometimes this means letting go of old ways of doing things and trying something new. We need to make space in our lives for God to show up and be known.
How will we do this?
We start by getting our direction from scripture.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)
There is a leadership principle that states “to get maximum value we have to give full participation”. We have to be ALL IN. If we want to show up in the world in love, we have to decide that we are all in. When was the last time you were ‘all in’ for something- big or small, serious or silly?
I went all in to declare that my favourite colour was purple for my 30th birthday party, with decorations and the cake all proclaiming it loudly. We went all in as a family to dress up as the Inside Out characters for my nephew’s birthday party. Our team is all in planning for training events and our conference to make these engaging and valuable experiences for those who come.
This ‘all in’ mentality is what it will take to live with love.
Living ‘All For Love’ means we will:
Walk in power
Love is a powerful force but can often be held back by fear. Fear can make us live small, behave in ways that don’t feel true to who we are and stop us forming deep friendships. We get stuck. But we have not been created to live in fear. We have been created to love. Leaning into love gives us the courage to let go of controlling fear. We can then walk through our lives with passion and confidence.
Love one another
Our world feels divided and full of conflict. How different would it be if we all had love at the foundation of our actions and words? Even with those we disagree with? Love calls us to see each person as worthy of dignity and respect and to treat them as such. Let’s practise loving each other well this year, including those who annoy us, offend us or disagree with us. Love is not an endorsement of all a person does or says; it affirms who they are as a human being.
Make love your legacy
What would happen if we thought more about the legacy that we are leaving for our children and our communities? The everyday demands on our time and attention with young kids often keep us distracted from this long term perspective. This is our chance to ask ourselves this question each day- ‘If I want love to be my legacy, how will I live today?”. Maybe it means taking an extra 15 minutes to sit and play with your kids. Perhaps it is making a meal for someone you know is struggling. It even includes how we respond in those tough moments of the day- resolving conflict, a challenging work day or a traffic jam. The small moments each day form our legacy.
Let’s love each other deeply and set the ground work for letting love be our logo. I’m all in.
Will you join me?
MOPS Australia Managing Director
Jodi spends her days sharing words of encouragement for women in leadership, finding her way through the beautiful mess of parenting and relationships, and geeking out on technology. She is the author of the book ‘Stepping Up In Leadership’, a speaker and the Managing Director for MOPS Australia. Find more inspiritment at jokoepke.com.