Love Unconditionally

Love Unconditionally


1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (NIV)

 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Starbucks, a place of caffeinated refuge for many, becomes a unique stage where life’s complexities and diverse stories converge. In the heart of downtown, this quaint coffee shop stands as a symbol of unity amidst the city’s hustle and bustle. As the daily grind unfolds, Starbucks welcomes a tapestry of humanity, each person holding a cup of “Joe” and, often, a piece of their own story.

It’s a microcosm of society—diverse, inclusive, and reflective of the rich tapestry that is our world. People from all walks of life gather there, representing a broad socio-economic spectrum and spanning multiple generations. At Starbucks, everyone belongs.

One day, in the line for the bathroom, I observed a woman, likely in her fifties, pouring cream and sugar into her coffee as she passionately discussed a conspiracy theory involving Jane Seymour and the President. She seemed to be conversing with someone who wasn’t there, lost in her own world. I felt compelled to sit down and listen, to offer an ear to the story she was desperate to share. However, I hesitated, and I didn’t reach out. Her brokenness was evident, a stark reminder that life can lead anyone down a difficult path.

In my neighborhood, the presence of individuals like her is not uncommon. I pass her daily, whether on my morning walk or on the way to school. She’s part of my everyday life, just blocks from my home, a reminder that her life is woven into the fabric of my community. To me, she matters.

Life can be complicated; I don’t have all the answers. Yet, I recognize that her life has value. She, too, is a person loved by the same God who extends grace and love to me and you. We are all a bit broken, and on certain days, I feel lost and fragmented, too. 

The desire to help is sincere, even if the path is unclear. But one thing is certain: you can keep noticing. You can continue to see her, not as a mere passerby but as a fellow traveler in this journey of life. And you can love.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians that we don’t always see things clearly; life is often clouded with confusion and uncertainty. Yet, in the end, we will see the truth clearly. Until that day, we have three guiding principles to lead us forward: to trust steadily in God, to hope unswervingly, and above all, to love extravagantly.

 In your daily encounters, whether at a coffee shop or elsewhere, extend the love and grace that you have received. Let love be the guiding light that breaks through the fog and shines brightly in the lives of others, just as Christ’s love has illuminated your own.


How can you extend love and grace to those you encounter in your daily life, regardless of their background or circumstances, so that they may experience the warmth of God’s love through you?