Religions and Spirituality

Legacy of Love

Jaime V. O'Donnell Credits: Jaime V. O'Donnell


If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 
I Corinthians 13:1-3 (NLT)
In this life, it is so easy to be run away with ambition. We make plans for ourselves: to learn, to achieve, to possess. We spend money, time, and effort obtaining degrees and raises and promotions. Scholarly wisdom is increased; medals and trophies are won. We raise children who repeat this cycle, and we set them up as awards on our shelves. At the end of life, what do we have? A string of titles after our names and zeros in our bank accounts? There must be more to this path than trophies which rust and degrees which turn to dust.
Years ago, a life was lived which seemed to most at the time to be just one among many. This life progressed and rose to no prominence. This soul walked, ate, spoke, and smiled among the average multitude of his day. Yet this life was different: it was saturated in love. Jesus Christ was a carpenter, a common Jewish man. His life, however, changed humanity forever…. Because of His love. This is the “more” which each of us seek at some point or another. This is the life which can change ours to become meaningful, lasting. Through Him, we can leave a legacy.
Society teaches that ambition should be our ambition – we should always be striving for higher goals. While this in itself is a worthy goal, the obsession with and elevation of it has left us lacking. I have felt ambition tear apart relationship. I have seen it create a void within families. We are fooling ourselves if we seek to achieve and never seek to love. We may pass through life, but will we ever really live it?
Living in love may not elevate us to important positions or pay our debts, but it will create a legacy that stretches beyond our monetary inheritance. The smile we choose to greet a stranger with may be that one spark of kindness which reminds them “there is hope”. The times we sit and listen to a hurting friend may just start the healing in their heart. Those moments in which we push aside our cell phone to play with a child, talk with a loved one, sit with a coworker (Lord, help me to live these out) – these mean more to the souls of those around us than our money, status, or achievements. 

Jesus lived. His love stopped Him in His tracks to heal a bleeding woman, restore sight to the blind, speak life into a dead man, and spark the flame of hope and redemption into the soul of an adulteress. His love knelt Him down before His disciples to wash their feet; His love led Him to the agony of a criminal's death. Most of all, His love bridged a gap that had left us separated from a righteous God. because of His love, we can live in freedom and pass into an eternity with our Creator. Truly, Christ's love created and sustains a legacy.
In the span of a lifetime, what matters most? The money we make, or the people we choose to love? When the cash is gone, the fame fades, and the possessions rust and break, God’s love – true love – remains. Let us live in love.

Jaime V. O'Donnell is currently a full-time college student studying Christian Counseling and a resident of the West Essex area.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Bucco Couture Summer Sale on All Custom Suits, Shirts and Casual Wear

NUTLEY, NJ — Save while looking sharp! 20% off all summer wear an extra 10% savings for Military, Veterans and all first responders at Bucco Couture, 187 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, with the launch of some new products such as our tracksuit line, crushed cotton drawstring pants and jeans. 

We also carry Bugatchi and Rober Graham casual wear as well as stretch high V-neck ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness


Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness


Mon, July 23, 10:00 AM

Roseland Free Public Library, Roseland

Walking for Fitness

Health & Wellness

Matarazzo Farms Farmers Market Every Tuesday in Cedar Grove

July 17, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Join Matarazzo Farms for its Farmer's Market every Tuesday through the fall at the new Cedar Grove Park on Fairview Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. directly in front of the Robert J. O'Toole Community center in Cedar Grove.

Matarazzo Farms will have fresh local produce naturally grown plus some other specialties like fresh cut ...


Mar 23, 1932 - Jun 2, 2018
Obituary - Donald J. Cooney, March 23, 1932 to June 2, 2018 Donald J. Cooney, 86, of North ...
Read more

Education: A Bedrock of Democracy, Civic Engagement and Economic Prosperity

July 5, 2018

More than 240 years ago, our nation’s founders envisioned a country where individuals could forge their own destinies and not be constrained by the circumstances of birth. The essential concept was that people could govern themselves and participate in democracy, or what Benjamin Franklin and others called “a great experiment.” The vision was bold and has flourished as the ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.