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February 10, 2014

Would you die for me?

Athens — In less than two months I will be grinning from ear-to-ear and jumping for joy as I welcome Maylee Grace into the world.

For years I wondered what it would be like to be a father. Now, my little girl has reached full term in her mommy's tummy, and it is just a matter of time before she makes her appearance.

While I wondered what it would be like to be a father, I questioned whether or not I actually wanted to bring a child into this world we live in.

Think about it.

Our world is filled with hate, lies, selfishness, backstabbing, racism, bullying, and those are just to name a few.

It would seem like the world is only getting worse, but there is hope.

Really, its pretty simple.

Love.

True love, a love that would lay down its own life for another person, is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Laying down one's life comes in many forms, but ultimately it is caring more about another person than yourself.

In fact, if you think back with what is wrong with our world, our United States of America, it is the lack of love we have shown toward our neighbor.

Where did we go wrong?

Why is there so much selfishness on our part today?

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,” Jesus Christ teaches his disciples in John 13-34-35.

Christians are supposed to be the shining example of love today. Yet too often we forget about our neighbor, fly past the stranded motorist and would not dare welcome someone with different beliefs into our home.

Jesus had just finished washing the feet of a dozen grown men when he made the statement of love. Everything Jesus did displayed how to love one another.

From talking to a prostitute at the well, to loving a segment of society others had cast out, Jesus showed how to love with our actions. He ultimately died on a cross because he loved us, and wanted us to have a chance at living a victorious life.

One of the most powerful documentaries I have ever watched deals with the world's view on Christianity and the lack of love displayed.

“Lord, Save Us From Your Followers” is a must-watch for anyone who seeks to love his neighbor.

If we all seek to love our neighbor – our fellow man – this world would be a much better place for my daughter, your family and future generations.

Loving those around us does not mean we have to like their actions, or agree with them. It simply means we do not shun them, bully them or talk bad about them just because they are different.

We are made unique for a purpose, but we can only find that purpose if we are walking in love.

February is a month dedicated to love. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, and look for ways to love someone new.

We all want to be loved. No matter who we are, what we have overcome or what we are going through, love is the answer.

Extend love, kindness or generosity to just one person this week, and see what a difference it makes in your life. You will gain a new perspective on life, and the simple act of reaching out will benefit yourself, your neighbor and generations to come.

Chad Wilson is Editor of the Athens Daily Review.  He can be contacted through editor@athensreview.com

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