Kind words were spoken. Prayers were prayed. Gifts were given. It was his last day at work. Over two years of hard work marked, honoured and celebrated; an offering of love and thanks for a loved and respected team member.
And towards the end there was one little comment, it may have been a prayer – I forget now. It came from his father.
I guess it was an observation of all the remarks, comments and prayers lifted up. Simple, fatherly, heart-swollen-proud words. Words that echoed in the room and in my mind ever since.
“Son” he said “the thing that strikes me from all that’s been said is that it’s not so much what you’ve done in your time working here; it’s the way in which you’ve done it.”
This team member had achieved many great kingdom tasks in those two years. Countless. And they are valuable.
But those weren’t the things we were recalling.
“Man of integrity”…. “servant-hearted”…. “humble”…. “no job too small”….”funny”…. so many heart-felt words we spoke over him.
We were thankful for the way he’d gone about things more than the things themselves.
You see, at the end of the day what we do isn’t the most important thing. The way we conduct ourselves; the grace we offer others; the love we show; the way we serve; the relationships we invest in… those are the things we’ll be remembered for. They’re our legacy: the thing we’re remembered for, and our greatest investment.
We can have all the revelation in the world, faith that can move mountains, and live a life sacrificed for the poor. But if it’s done without love we’ve gained nothing. I read that somewhere.
Love is the currency of the kingdom.
These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Oh, that I would preserve this precious truth in my heart and actions.
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
photo credit:Mayur Gala