I recently had a discussion with 2 co-workers about love. They were talking about the love they have for their spouses. The problem I had was how they described their love. Nowadays we attach the word LOVE to everything, I love pizza, I love animals, I love sleeping in, I love sunny days, I love…and the list goes on. I like those things, I don’t LOVE them. And love shouldn’t be directed to what someone does for you. If that was the case I would be love with the cook at Captain Joe’s, because that guy can cook a steak just the way I LIKE it. My co-workers said they loved their spouses because “she always makes me coffee in the morning, she makes the greatest chili, she irons my clothes, ” etc. My wife does all those things too, and I like that she does that for me, but I don’t love her for doing those things. My love for her is much more. My love for her is measured by the degree of my sacrifice for her. When you deeply love someone, you’ll do a lot of difficult, challenging, or painful things for him or her that you would never do for anyone else. Love means going out of your way to be a servant. Try as I might, I may never love as much as my wife does, for she sacrifices so much of herself for me, her daughters, the two other men in her life (her son in-laws), her grandson, and her family. The funny thing is, is that she doesn’t know she sacrifices anything, all she knows is that she loves us. Now, more then any other time, we need to teach our children what to like, and how to love.
1 Corinthians 13 4-8
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;
I love you Lincoln, Puppa