As some of you know, I work in Greek Life at a university and I am a Panhellenic sorority woman myself. Sorority recruitment starts today, and this is my favorite time of year. It’s so exciting to see all the excited new members find their letters, a sisterhood for life, and a home away from home. The sorority women spend hours pouring hard work into recruiting the best of the best into their organizations. I’m always impressed by their social excellence and how they take the time to really get to know all the women going through recruitment and careful select members that will continue to uphold the values of their organization. This time also helps strengthen the bonds of the current members in the sorority as they express how much this organization and group of sisters mean to them. It’s a unique time that the chapter has together with each other without distractions pulling them away to other things.
During this time of recruitment, I am reminded of the commitment I made to my organization that has been around since the late 1800’s, and to all of the women that came before me and the future sisters to come. Sisterhood is about love, friendship, challenging each other become the best that we can be, and making this world a little better than what we found it through community service and philanthropy efforts. So here’s my charge to my sisters. Put love into action. And if you don’t know what that looks like, Paul gives us a good idea of what love looks like as an action, not an emotion.
Love in Action
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
On the contrary: “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.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:9-21
Putting love into action looks like this:
- Love must be real.
- Be good and do good.
- Put others first.
- Don’t give up on one another, even when things get hard.
- Be positive.
- Be patient with each other.
- Pray for one another.
- Give your time, resources, and love to those in need.
- Practice kindness, warmth, generosity, and openness towards one another.
- There’s always going to be people who talk badly about you, respond to them with love.
- Celebrate your successes with each other. Don’t compete.
- Provide a shoulder to cry on.
- Live in peace and agreement.
- Don’t be vain.
- If someone hurts you, it does not give you the right to hurt them back. Instead kill them with kindness.
- God and goodness always wins.
Whether it’s your sorority sister, biological sister, or a sister in Christ…How do you show your sisters this kind of love?
Best wishes to those participating in recruitment! This is my favorite video to explain why you should consider joining a sorority: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un6c-MY4FEY