As it nears Valentine’s Day this coming Wednesday, I ask the question, “What is Love?”
To me, love is that moment when I’m told I’m pregnant and expecting my first child. I’m nervous and afraid, but excited, because this is something I’ve wanted since being a young girl. Love is seeing the sonogram with what looks like a little bean on a drawing. Love is hearing the heartbeat of that little person growing inside my belly. Love is sharing the excitement of impending motherhood with a man I love dearly. Love is feeling those little feet kick inside my body. Love is saying ‘I do’ for the rest of my life. Love is experiencing the blessing of two more children. Love is being the kind of daughter who always calls her mom. Love is still being able to sit on my daddy’s lap at age 39 if I wanted to. Love is waking up next to the man God knew was right for my life. Love is being that loyal friend who has your back no matter what. Love is caring enough to be there and lend a listening ear. Love is knowing when to apologize because you were just wrong as can be. Love is forgiving. Love is giving of oneself to help another. Love is honesty, integrity, determination. Love is listening when all you want to do is go to sleep. Love is having that dreaded conversation with your preteen daughter. Love is praying for your children to be protected every day of their lives. Love is wanting your children to succeed in all they do. Love is not giving up on yourself when you feel you’ve failed. Love is admitting you’re not a perfect mother and knowing you don’t have to be. Love is being on that emotional roller coaster, realizing there are other passengers on board, and holding out your hand for support. Love is…..what you make it!
Love doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be. It’s a decision. Love is beautiful, it’s kind, it’s embracing. Love begins with a selfless act of compassion. On the day I found out I was expecting, my life became less about me and more about the love of my baby. I loved someone I could not see, hear, or touch.
God is love! He loved us so much he gave His one and only son. How selfless. Don’t make Valentine’s Day about the day itself. Let every day be a day of love. Share with someone. Let them know what they mean to you. Be selfless. Love is not about reciprocation, but you are sure to get it back in some form. No matter the things going on in our world today, remember, there is no greater gift than LOVE!!!
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. Love never fails. (1 Corinthian 13:4-8, NIV)