Thoughts On Love
It’s no secret that today, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day. I have to be honest; I’m not a big fan of Hallmark holidays. Society telling us what love is and what we need to do to show it. Roses, candy, cards, and fancy dinners are naturally the only way to show someone you love them, right?
Wrong. I’ll admit gifts are fun to give and receive and are a way to show love. However, they aren’t the only and might the best way though. We’ve all heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words”, I believe this wholeheartedly. Using the same logic we could say, “Love is more than gifts, cards, flowers, etc”. Let’s back up, I don’t these things are necessarily bad or wrong. Maybe we should start by defining love.
What a loaded question, “What is love?” People have been trying since the dawn of time to define love. According to dictionary.com there are over 20 definitions for the word “love”. It’s both a noun and a verb. These are not including biblical, theological, pop culture and societal definitions of love. To me there are many types of love. We love everything from intimate objects to being in love and maintaining intimate relationships. Love is something that everyone longs for and needs.
One of my favorite ways to look at love is to take a look at the Bibles take on love. By looking at 1st Corinthians 13 we learn that without love we are nothing. Not just the intimate type either. I would like to challenge you to show a partner, a friend, a stranger, the world love. Let’s go beyond flowers and gifts and let our acts of love be known not only on Valentine’s Day but every day.
Have you shown your love lately? Tell me in the comments.
“What is love?”
Answer: Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more!
And to answer your real question, no, I havent really shown my love lately, I’m not very good with that sort of stuff and I’m not seeing anyone right now anyway. But we should celebrate love everyday, not only on one hallmark holiday.
Your talk about about expressing love made me smile. In Leah and my relationship, we have butted heads repeatedly about expressing love. For me, words are important, but actions more so. Gifts do not show love, in my heart. Leah is the exact opposite. Gifts are the highest form of love expression to her. Thus, any apology must be accompanied by a gift to assure her that I still love her.
Your closing point about showing anyone and everyone love everyday is a great one. That is the attitude that I hope more and more people adopt. Let us all love each other by default. Fill the world with love until it is overflowing in it. Let no person go unloved, and remember to express is in kind acts, kind words, and occasionally by giving something meaningful.
Great post, Brooke
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