Ah the Monday after Valentine’s Day, I’m sure you or someone you know is sighing their relief that all the love stuff and talk will go away for another year. But if I could be honest with you, that wouldn’t be my wish. This weekend in my devotional I shared about how love is something so much more than a feeling to be recognized once a year. As we’ve been talking about this month love is powerful, it’s not something that can be avoided and it takes work! If you know anything about work you know that it’s not done typically in a matter of minutes but it’s necessary to be given consistent effort and attention over a typically longer period of time.
Love, like work, isn’t easy, that’s not part of love’s definition. But I have found that love is easier when I’m willing to embrace it for all it is and all it can be. My partner and I, just like you and any relationship you’re in or will get in had to make a tough choice when we got together and continue to make that tough choice every day: to love enough to overcome the challenges and problems and be the best supporter and helper we can be for the other person. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about loving him enough to be willing to work through the tough stuff and remember the good stuff and the reasons why we spend out lives together.
What I’ve learned is that love, when shared, when focused on, and when embraced doesn’t go away or become a chore, it grows. The challenges are worth it because the love gets bigger and better with each day, each hug, each conversation, each dream, and each walk. We’ve decided not to let the things that could separate or divide us keep us apart. Instead we’ve chosen to love each other more and spread that love through the world. What will your choice be this week?
“And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12