It's all about you.
Be with the one that makes YOU happy.
The one that makes YOU smile.
That one that makes YOU laugh.
As long as YOU are happy
That is what you should do.
All of these things are great. You should be with someone who makes you happy, and smile, and laugh, etc. But is that all there is to love?
I can think of a ton of people who make me happy sometimes, or make me smile, or laugh, and all of that. Doesn't mean that's who I should be with, however.
The thing is... love isn't all about you.
I have found the paradox. If you love until it hurts there is no more hurt, only love. - Mother Theresa
Love isn't really love until it's not about you.
It's about the other person. Whether it be a romantic relationship, friendship, family, whatever. It's no longer about you and what you want. What do they want? What do they need?
We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us, and He calls us to give our lives for our brothers and sisters. This is a portrait of true love. - 1 John 3:16, The Voice
Isn't this universal of how we learn what loving other people is? When we receive it ourselves and see how others love one another? We see how other people care for one another and put their selfishness behind them.
Think about it. When we see selfless acts of love, something in us stirs. Stories where someone gives up their lives and own needs for the sake of someone else are the most loved and cherished. There is something so beautiful and noble about putting yourself aside for someone we care about.
Love isn't meant to be hidden away and put into a corner. It isn't mean to be for one person alone.
It's supposed to be shared.
So how do you share the love?
The way I see it, it's a way of life. It's simply part of who you are.
Loving others isn't about how many mission trips you go on, how much food you donate to homeless shelters, or how often you do charity work.While yeah, those can all be part of loving others, but that's not all there is.
How many times have you seen someone who has a list a mile long of charitable things they have done, but they look down on others or when someone is in need they just walk right by?
Sharing the love is about holding the door open for someone when their arms are full.
Sharing the love is about lending an open ear when a friend needs someone to vent to.
Sharing the love is doing the dishes without having to be asked.
Sharing the love is putting aside your anger for the moment and standing by their side anyway.
Sharing the love is agreeing to go eat somewhere that you rather wouldn't go.
Sharing the love is letting them borrow your iPod.
So, how do you share the love?
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