Most of us wish we could freeze frame those perfect moments in life but they seem to pass us by so quickly. That’s why people say, kids grow up so quickly or, I remember the glory days or, I miss my old college boyfriend.
Other times we get caught up in romance novels like Fifty Shades of Grey. We do this because something’s missing.
What’s missing from our present reality that we long for the past?
I think what we all long for is love or what Solomon calls “eternity in our hearts”. We all need love, relationships, to belong to something greater than ourselves, that’s eternity.
Think of God, He’s constantly surrounded by praise and angels and the presence of the Trinity. Think of children, they’re always looking to connect with friends, their parents, their teachers, their toys. Think of us as adults, we seek connection and relationships online, virtually, on social media, willing to do whatever it takes to connect and not feel alone.
But loneliness is inside of us.
Loneliness is the little dirty secret in our society and it’s really not much of a secret. People act out of loneliness all the time, into addictions, violence, anger or control.
So what can cure our loneliness? Love.
But when we hear the word love, most of us don’t know what it means. For some it means lust, for others it means friendships, for others it means romance or control. Many people think of love as a person or a feeling, but love is a state of being.
The Scriptures say it perfectly “Love is patient, love is kind, love never fails, love does not demand its own way, it’s never rude….”
Love is being patient with your children
Love is acting kindly towards your boss
Love is never giving up on your marriage
Love is not demanding everyone else bow down to you
That’s what love is.
What about Fifty Shades of Grey and romance novels? What about my need for companionship, intimacy, the perfect Valentine’s date? What about online dating, sex and romance? These are all substitutes for what our hearts truly long for, they don’t satisfy, that’s why all these things sell so much, because the hunger for them is great.
Many of you are called to love but you’ve replaced it with looking for happiness. The more you look for happiness, the less you’ll love. Instead, dig deep, find that love inside of you and love deeply from the heart.
If you feel you have no love left to give, take a break, pause, reflect on the great source of Love – Jesus Christ and ask him to fill you with His love not the love of man or a chocolate covered apple.
God has created you to love.
Today, choose love and unity above all else. It’ll make your Valentine’s Day more meaningful and fun.
Thank so much for reading,
Thank you for being here.
Your #GOZO! friend,