so i have been thinking for awhile about love.
not just the romantic view of love, but the real thoughtful and redeeming love that friends are supposed to share with each other.
we use the word love way too much.
think about it. probably the last time you used the word love was not to describe a feeling for someone else. it was probably to share your feelings about a hamburger. or breakfast. or the movie you saw last night. it’s true. i do love hamburgers. i probably actually love breakfast foods more than hamburgers even, unless they are grilled burgers… but anyway…
the truth is, we have so much love for all the wrong things. i include myself in that statement. i love my girlfriend. and i love my God. of course. but i also love my playstation 3 and my samsung fascinate phone. i don’t love small talk and taking the time to get to know a person as much as i should. but i do love google streetview and that it takes me away from home while i’m still sitting at my desk. i don’t love the time it takes for me to brush my teeth or stop and talk to a homeless person. i am being honest. i don’t love others the way i love myself. its a fundamental flaw i think is in most people.
there is more to any relationship then just love. everyone knows that. and i think that starting a day with that knowledge might make me a better person. all over our town there are bumper stickers on the back of cars reminding everyone that love wins. but the truth is, just saying love wins is kind of a cop out. because with love, i can mail a check or say a prayer. but i don’t have to be truthful. i don’t have to get my hands dirty.
when i say… love wins… its like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.
yes. love is what we need. Jesus even said, the greatest of these is love. but love is not enough. love is great and love is grand but if i am honest with myself, i can realize that the world needs more than blank checks and hail mary’s.
when i am truthful, i can admit that i don’t do enough in this world of chaos.
the streets are on fire and love alone will not put out the flame. the world needs people who are real and honest and truthful. the world needs people who can roll up their sleeves and get their socks and shoes muddy. anyone can say a prayer, but maybe saying a prayer while holding a sick child’s hand might go farther. anyone can write a check, but who is willing to build a storm shelter? this is a reminder to myself as much as anyone else, love wins, but so does truth. so does dedication. so does honesty. so does passion for others.
when i write something like this, it always initiates fear in my stomach. fear that i am not doing enough. fear that my words are shallow or that i am a hypocrite. i get nervous and think about scrapping the whole thing. but that is counter-productive. i know that i have not done enough to contribute to this world. i know i don’t always love and sometimes i might even hate. but i also know there is a redeeming quality about time. time for a second chance. time for another opportunity. time to show the truth. the truth is, we cannot show love without some sort of action.