Thursday, January 3, 2013
My New Resolution: Love Like Never Before!
Love is so often talked about as an elusive noun (person, place or thing) that everyone wants to have. I am blessed to have the persons:, my handsome husband and our supportive friends and family. But this year I am challenging myself to actively embrace love the verb.
I like to think that I display some love characteristics: I'm generally kind to my loved ones, and cordial those who cross my path. But now that I'm reading Hayley DiMarco's book The Fruitful Wife, I wonder how deep is my love? Do I only love when it's convenient or easy?
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." - 1 Cor. 13:4-8
The challenge is in the last sentence: Love never ends! The sentence implies that we don't get a vacation or a mental health day when it comes to actively loving others. So I should be patient and kind even on stressful day. Or, resist the urge to insist things go my way. (So tough when all I want is a foot rub!)
As DiMarco writes, "Love is less about how I feel, but more about what I do. It isn't about getting, but giving. It isn't about reward, but sacrifice. And it isn't about excitement but endurance."
This kind of love is hard work! But I think it would be worth it in the New Year to share the divine, unconditional love that has been given to me with those who mean most.