Good Friday morning friends! We have a super busy day and weekend ahead of us so I just wanted to share a quick thought as you head into your weekend.
How would you end that sentence? How have you experienced love in your life? How have you given love to others around you? Unconditionally? Strings attached? In return for love given?
How about this one…Love is not…
Would you finish that sentence differently or the same? Given with strings attached? Free? Conditional?
However you have received and given love in the past, one thing I know for sure is that love is not based on anything we can do or give. It’s also not based on what other people can do or give to us.
Carlos Rodriguez recently wrote on his blog “Love is not based on the performance of the receiver, but the character of the giver.” And that really struck me when I read it: love really has nothing to do with the other person, but rather has everything to do with US. With the state of OUR heart.
So what if love has nothing to do with the other person, but all to do with us? With our character…with who we are. In today’s day and age, we are so ME focused: What can other’s do for me? How can I get ahead? What will best serve MY needs?
But at the very core of what love is is loving someone regardless of who they are and what they can do for you. Miriam Webster defines love as “an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another…brotherly concern for others.” That’s HUGE!
What if we really loved people in this way? How would our world change? If we really and truly cherished people in our lives, regardless of their performance? If we focused more on our character…on being a loveable person…on doing good and what’s right?
We may not realistically be able to change the entire world, but what I do know for sure is that we can change someone else’s world and it all starts with love.
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Just my thoughts for today! Happy Friday!
Love & Blessings,