What is Love?
“Love is not what you see in the movies…True love is sacrifice. Love is thinking about others
before you think about yourself. Love is selfless, not selfish. Love is God and God is love. Love is when you lay down your life for another. Whether for your brother, your mother,
your father or your sister. It’s even laying down your life for your enemies. That’s unthinkable, but think about that. Love is true.”
— Jaeson Ma.
Living in community has brought me to a more complete realization of the sacrificial element of authentic love. Through Crossroads, I have been given the opportunity to give and to receive fraternal love in a fuller, more profound way. Every day, we are provided countless occasions of continual sacrifice for each other and our mission to save lives and change hearts.
I have been humbled and graced by the authentic love of my teammates. As the desert weather has provided heat rising to 108 degrees, something as simple as being handed a water bottle has opened my eyes to profound love. Further, after long days of exhaustion, uncertainty, and walking, I have realized that something as simple as a smile becomes a priceless treasure. In the words of Mother Teresa, “Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Every high-five, every hug, every kind word that I have received have shown me that love is sacrifice. And love is beautiful.
Please keep my team and I in your prayers as we continue to share and learn authentic, sacrificial love.
-Jessie Graehler, Southern 2013