I’ve been quite fixated on love recently;
The word has been abused, but not much I can do about that.
I once heard a young man bawl like a toddler for hours,
Because he had suffered a broken heart.
To be honest, I was a little fascinated,
And may have wished for something terrible in the name of curiosity.
But it also got me thinking…
“Greater love has no one than this,
That someone lay down his life for his friends…”
What agony it must be for the greatest love to be spurned,
Not reciprocated, unappreciated, or simply not known.
It does put certain things in perspective though.
He was called a great teacher,
And He lived what He taught.
He showed what it meant to truly love;
He said and demonstrated that it was possible;
It is simple, difficult, liberating, beautiful, and powerful.
We aspire to many things in this life;
Some aspire towards the pinnacle of wealth;
Some aim for physical perfection, maybe immortality;
Others earnestly strive for the crown of knowledge;
Many dream and yearn fanatically for absolute power;
Some trudge diligently towards complete control;
Well, some just want to carve a niche for themselves,
The niche being the size of a continent however, is immaterial;
But so few manage to keep the greatest love firmly in view.
I think it is necessary to constantly remind myself,
That Love is the most terrifying thing in the universe;
At once unmatchedly beautiful, and utterly terrifying.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,
That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
#I John 4:8