Hey blessed, brilliant, beauties!
So today we are going to talk about loving the ones that love you! When I was younger my dad use to tell me “Never love anything that can’t love you back or do nothing for ya!” I remember. I was in the Lucas Oil Stadium watching the Giants and the Patriots face off at Super Bowl XLII and I told my dad, “I love the Giants!” Before I could let out another cheer my dad stopped me and said, “No you don’t. Don’t ever love anything or anyone that can’t love you back.” To this day I have never forgotten that which is why if you know me, the words “I love you” don’t come very easily unless I truly mean it.
So today we are talking about loveeeeeee. No I am not about to give you any advice on h0w to get your lab partner’s attention in class (girl, you should be focusing on your experiment anyway) but, I am going to share with you on who I think you should be sharing that heart of yours with based off of my experience. Now remember, my word is not the Bible–there is no chapter “Theresa” in the New Testament, trust me I checked. However, I do believe in sharing experiences to help those who come after me avoid some of the mistakes I made.
So who do we love?
The first sign of love that you experience is before you are even born. Nope, it is not your mom and dad even though they are a pretty close second and third. It is God!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5
The word “love” is mentioned in the New International Version bible about 561 times! That is a lot of love!
From your parents to your siblings, your neighbors to God himself, there are so many people that God puts in our life to love even if it is just for a little while.
One of my favorite and probably one of the most famous descriptions of what love is comes from the Bible.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. -1 Corinthians 13:4-8
The Bible tells us exactly what love is! Now that we have a clear definition of what love is and we know who God wants us to share it with we are set! Right? Well…almost.
We can’t forget that not only is it important to focus on those we chose to give our heart to but, it is also important to appreciate those who do the same to us! Have you ever sat around and realized how much a close friend of yours does for you? Love doesn’t always mean taking you out on a date. It is reminding you to put your seatbelt on, paying for your lunch when you lost your debit card, bringing you ice cream after your wisdom teeth get pulled out, and so much more! Think about it. In our busy lives, we sometimes forget and overlook a lot of things when we consciously have 8 million other things on our mind.
So I challenge you after reading this to reach out to that one person who you feel like deserves a big thank you for all that they do! Leave a comment and tag your friend thanking them for what they have done for you below! This time, blessed, brilliant, beauty, I challenge you to make someone else feel blessed, brilliant, beautiful too by showing love through appreciation.
See you next time!