The Things We Love It’s time to make love matter, again. Allow me to explain. I was in a store, not long ago, when overheard 2 teenage girls talking. Apparently, High School dance plans were underway. As one girl described her dress to the other girl, she kept saying, “Oh, I just love it! I absolutely love that dress. I can’t wait ‘til you see it.” A few days later, I was in the grocery store and, as my shopping cart crossed paths with another shopping cart, I heard this woman talking on her cell phone: “You are going to love the shoes I picked for you,” she said. Hmmm. Finally, in an effort to avoid cooking, I asked my daughter, “What we should pick up for dinner?” Her response? “Pizza, Mommy. I just love pizza!”
In each of these scenarios the word love was used in a way that really didn’t matter. “Love” described the feelings that human beings had for inanimate objects. But, if we really think about it, “love” is supposed to be a very powerful word. It should mean something when we use it. I’m not pointing fingers because I’ve done it myself. If I say, “I love my house” and then say, “I love my children,” does that put my children and my house on equal levels of importance to me? Can my daughter’s love for her best friend and her love for pizza, have the same meaning? Of course not.
Take a Stand So, my family is taking a stand on the word “love”. We want the word “love” to really mean something when we say it. It’s time to recognize that we don’t love things. We don’t love shoes, or cars, or houses, or pizza or sports teams.When we say we love things, we tend to think we are elevating the things; but that’s not what’s happening; instead of elevating the things, we’re devaluing our love. If we say we love every thing, there’s no distinction. See, it cheapens the importance of the moments when the word “love” is spoken. Why? Because things don’t need, can’t respond to or comprehend love. We don’t love things, instead we use things to love people.
Shoes are nice. But imagine the love we demonstrate when we give them to a child in need. No matter how beautiful a house may be, without the love of a family inside, it never becomes a home. You get the idea.
When God said He loved us, it mattered. His love for us mattered so much, in fact, that He gave His son Jesus, to prove it. Jesus paid the penalty of sin so that the invoice for every sin/mistake that we ever committed could be stamped, “PAID IN FULL.” God gave his one and only son so that we — you and me — could become members of His family. God gave Jesus in exchange for us. Now… that’s love that matters.
Your Call to Action
What do you say? Are you willing to Make Love Matter? Here’s your LifeSpeak this Week assignment: For the next 7 days, start your mornings by saying this simple prayer: Thank you, God, for showing me that I should make love matter. Help me to demonstrate Your love in very real and tangible ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
So let’s start a movement. Let’s make love matter. Let’s make the word “love” really valuable in our lives. Don’t use it casually. When you tell someone you love them, it should grab their attention; stop them in their tracks; lift their spirit and make their day. Now, I hope you will share this with someone you love.
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