Love Somebody – Be Somebody

Valentine Banquet

On Sunday afternoon, just after church, our youth staged a spectacular Valentine’s Day banquet in our gym. It was essentially a fundraiser for an upcoming trip to Ridgecrest (North Carolina). All the youth worked as servers.

The program featured a meal, complete with dessert, live entertainment, and our twist on an old television game show; it was called The Oldywed Game.

The Oldywed Game

The Oldywed Game

Here is a picture of the game in progress. Three couples from our church graciously accepted the offer to ruthlessly compete against each other, all for the satisfaction of winning a box of chocolates. The losers got three free appointments for marriage counselling.

Thankfully, the banquet/fundraiser was a huge success. However, for me the highlight was hosting the Oldywed game (oh, and I made the set they sat behind…yes, I’m talented). My comedic talents were brilliantly put to use, of course.

Old Standards

Now, there were a lot of people who worked feverishly to put the banquet together, but my youngest, Haley, must have stressed for months over the music selection. You see, she wanted to have standards from Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and others playing in the background. It took her a while, but she found more than enough, and all of it sounded great.

One song caught my attention. Dean Martin sang, “You’re nobody till somebody loves you, so find you somebody to love.” That’s when my mind flashed back to 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter).

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2 NKJV

Be Somebody

I don’t know if the songwriter knew of 1 Corinthians 13:2, but he hit on a profound truth: without love, we are nothing. As the apostle Paul made perfectly clear in this chapter, it doesn’t matter how much you know, how much you give, how spiritual you think you are, or how talented you may be; if you don’t have love for others, it’s all worthless – you’re a nobody.

There is an age-old truth most wise people know: if you want to be loved, show love. But it’s not just any ol’ love, you understand.  As Christians, we are to love for Jesus’ sake, without expectation, just like He loved us. Because of His love, we love Him (1 John 4:19).

So, if you want to really be “somebody,” it would seem you need to love others. If you’re “nobody till somebody loves you,” then go find somebody to love. The world’s full of people in need of just that.

Makes sense to me. How ’bout you?



Filed under General Observations, Life Lessons, Love of God, Relationships and Family

4 responses to “Love Somebody – Be Somebody

  1. Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is just one of many perspectives. It is not the truth.
    Marcus Aurelius.

    Now why would you need to “back up” your comments regarding “loving another as the only basis for personal identity” with quotes from the Christian Bible? Why indeed? Is the physical world insufficient?

    • You know, David, I don’t want to be insulting, nor do I want to offend, but your comment/question makes you sound like you’ve been drinking a little. You either read my post while half- asleep, or you’ve been celebrating the winter weather. What the heck are you talking about? Wait, I know what you THINK you’re talking about, but your comprehension of this post is faulty.

      For one thing, I did not go to the Bible to back up anything, other than what Christians, such as myself, are asked by our Lord to do. And when you talk about identity, are you going to question Dean Martin, too? Good grief, dude.

      Oh, and was Marcus speaking truth, or just opinion? Cause if it was just his opinion of truth, I’ve got my own, so what’s the problem?

      Really, of all the things I’ve written, this would have seemed to me as the most benign. It’s almost like you took it personally.

      • You say you do not mean to offend but….I’d like to see how you praise! You really know how to torture your own words, especially when you admit that you quote the Christian Bible [” I did not go to the Bible to back up anything, other than what Christians, such as myself, are asked by our Lord to do.”]
        Maybe you are half-asleep. But your insults belie any true follower of Christendom.
        You claim that you are asked by the Lord to love. What I found duplicitous was your interpretation of the word “love” that you describe in your post as the type of love which you are asked to give by your Lord.
        According to Romans 12:20, Luke 6:27 and Mathew 5:44, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” why? Because your “prophets” say:
        “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
        This is your religion of Love?
        Mr. Baker, notwithstanding your attempt to eviscerate your religion to appeal to an uneducated mass society about “love” and how their life will be better, you conveniently omit the essence of the Lord and his religion you worship: it denies the value of this world in favor of another (the “true” world), it devalues our desires to create cures for suffering humanity if it uses stem cells, but worst of all, it makes this World the false world, and only Heaven the true World. “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! Matt. 18:7: “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire.…”
        “At the time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child–this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
        So, we are to pray to become as “innocent” or as pure as that child and be “converted” in order to enter Heaven–the true world? You deny the pain of billions who have not accepted your Lord. What of the millions who came before Your Lord, and those who have come after? Or, what about the 7Billion people who do not accept Your Lord as God, and creator of the World–They go to purgatory–forever!
        Your Lord does indeed tell his children (one of which you count yourself), that [indeed] their enemy should be loved?–why? so that “you will heap burning coals on his head.”
        Indeed, you don’t even exclude yourselves since “who is without sin?” “Let him cast the first stone.”
        You emulate and symbolically eat Your Lord’s flesh (communion), you drink his blood as it dripped from his dying body (the wine) and pray that your Lord who has established a religion which condemns the non-christian–who are, for instance, collateral damage in a war in Somalia (and as the mothers who suffer as they hold them gently in their arms, after having been raped by the soldiers of warlord criminals, they shall be condemned to Hell for all eternity.\
        Unless you are a prophet and have abrogated the gospels, you have to live with them, unless they are just nice sayings.
        Since the advent of Christianity Man has despised this World in favor of the true World. How can you deny this perversion? Your Lord, who only accepts the child who converts and which all of you must become, your Lord protects, “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea!”
        When one reads such things, does he not come to the inevitable conclusion that revenge the true meaning of the christian religion?–that this world shall be destroyed, and only those who have accepted Your Lord shall survive?
        This is a God of Love? “In nomine patri, et fili, et spiritus sancti.”
        “For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.” Yes, and in the name of the Lord, hundreds of thousands have been killed, from the “pagans” who inhabited Israel (like the Romans killed the Christians)?
        Perhaps your greatest dissimulation is the twisted arguments used to merge the three Gods you pray to, while you cross yourselves in three directions into One?
        John 1:2
        “He was with God in the beginning.
        John 1:14
        “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
        John 3:36
        “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
        But perhaps Dante, the Greatest oracle of “your afterlife,” described it best, as he came to the Gate of Hell, the entrance too of Purgatory, he read fateful words: “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”
        Those who have rejected the Christian Bible and rejected its bloody religion of cannibalism, I admire. They took what was holy and scratched out the rest. I wonder if you are one of them. But your final words seem to contradict everything a modern follower of Your Lord would adopt: “if you don’t love you are nothing.”
        Well, I guess according to you, since I am asleep or drunk, or out of my mind, since I don’t follow a religion of debasement of this World and a fervent hope for its destruction when all the evil (that is, everyone who has not accepted Jesus as his Lord) will be burnt by coals, suffer endlessly and die forever, while those who take revenge on all who are not “true believers” will forever live, while any person who truly loves another, though they are not Christian, watches them burn in endless pain for all eternity.
        Peace on Earth.

      • David, seriously, what is your problem? You know good and well you misinterpreted the whole point of my post. Of course, you may think that love is a silly emotion. You may see no connection to doing good deeds and loving your neighbor as yourself. But Paul made it perfectly clear that if one thinks he’s something special, he’s nothing more than a machine if he does what he does without the motivation being love.

        Now, you atheist love (no pun intended) to come on here and preach to me about biblical love, yet you espouse nothing more than a humanistic, naturalistic version. You accuse me of stuff that, according to your own worldview, should be perfectly acceptable. What does it matter to you if I’m a hater, a hypocrite, or whatever? Is not morality relative? Or are you attempting to judge me??…to judge me by a higher standard?

        You guys come on here and taunt, parade around with an arrogant, elitist attitude while you quote ancient philosophers, and then condemn me for suggesting you might have been drinking? You got your feelings bent out of shape so badly over that?

        And sir, you evidently have no idea, or else you’re blinded by hate and fueled with bad information, but your mishmash of twisted doctrine you pass off as Christianity could use some editing. For example, are you seriously unaware that the Roman Catholic teaching of literally drinking the blood of Christ is considered a heresy by the rest of those who follow Christ? Could you please do a little more research before you put me in the papist camp?

        Now, you can go on and rant all you want to. Getting justifiably irritated at your twisted interpretation of my posts does not equate to a lack of Christian love. If you only took the time to objectively read my words, you would come to understand that I have a great love for the world, otherwise I would not attempt to share the Gospel if the saving gift of salvation through faith in Christ. I have given to the poor and needy, visited the sick and shut in, spent time with prisoners and orphans, and much more, but I did it for love. I even stay up late, like now, to talk with people who hate me and what I believe.

        So, I hope you get over whatever it is that’s got your goat. I’ve done enough counseling to know that your gripe with me is only a symptom of some deeper hurt. Maybe you can find a way to forgive the Christians who hurt you, and in the process give me a break for being human.

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