Single or committed, box of chocolates or dinner as usual, we promise you already have ‘true love’ in your life. Some snapshots from my daily life (and yours!) of heart-exploding love this Valentine’s Day…
- The way my dog greets me at the door when I come home from work. Every. Single. Day.
- The way my parents cried when they dropped me off at college. I still remember looking back as I walked away and thought that they loved me enough to let me go…
- The fierce mama-bear way I love my own girls.
- The way your girlfriends instinctively come over with cookie dough after your first hard breakup.
- The way my husband lets me sleep and gets up instead when one of our girls wakes up in the middle of the night, because he knows what a serious grouch I can be if I don’t get my beauty sleep (amirite, girls?!).
- The way my friend has coffee with me and we can talk about anything or nothing, but just enjoy one another’s company.
- The no-holds-barred, romantic, candlelight dinner at your favorite restaurant with your man – just because.
We use the phrase ‘true love’ a lot today, but I think that there are so many more instances of it on a daily basis if we could just stop and see them for what they are. Real, honest, daily love lived out – even when it’s hard or you don’t ‘feel’ like it. And it’s not just romantic in nature.
One of the best things I’ve ever heard about true love is this:
“So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.” 1 Corinthians 13:3-8 MSG
Isn’t that beautiful? So nice to read…so hard to really live out. But as we try to love others this way, I believe that others will start to notice, and respond in kind.
So Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Here’s to having – and finding all around you – true love in your own life!