loy·al adj \ˈlȯi(-ə)l\
1 : unswerving in allegiance: as
a : faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government
b : faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due
c : faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product
Some of the smallest words can have the largest meaning. We can study the meanings in school, look them up in the dictionary but do we really know what they mean until we see them lived out?
This past week I met loyalty a few times. I met it in the eyes of an 8 year old boy when he held his dying furry friend. My very sick 14 year old husky keeps holding on; not because he wants to be here but because he is loyal to his owners. A call from a kindergarten friend was yet another reminder of true loyalty.
Sweet Dakota and his loyal friend Sonny after the loss of their friend the most perfect yellow lab - Cotton
My 13 year marriage to Michael would not be the powerhouse it is today if our loyalty to each other wasn’t so deliberate. Being loyal takes intention, it takes strength, it takes love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV - Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.