One of the many things on my brain anymore is love. I’m not currently head-over-heels in love and it’s okay, I’m looking, I’m listening, and watching for God’s leading in that area of my life, but that doesn’t stop those who care about me from asking questions about what kind of girl I am looking for, what “true love” is, tips, tricks, movies to watch (watching this weekend Marcie!), books to read, the person to talk to, the girl to date – but I keep focusing on examples from the Bible – the Bible’s own description is pretty straight forward, and I’ve quoted it here before, but heck why not again:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self‑seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)
Really one of the guides I focus on, and try not to let a pretty face, or someone interested in “Me” sweep me up and distract me from what is true love – the world tends to reflect and say that love (ie: Marriage) is compromise, but I think true love, true deep un-ending – that LONG TERM love is a bit more than compromise on where to eat dinner, I think it’s sacrifice, said best in John:
13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15 (NIV)
That magnificent, life changing love is that of sacrifice. I find it funny sometimes when God pounds a truth home with me, and one of sacrifice is been in things I’ve read, in thing’s I’ve watched, and in what I’ve talked with people lately – the question comes down to what am I prepared to give up for love, am I prepared to go to that extreme love and lay down my own life? Prime example of that extreme of course is Jesus, completely 100% God, and completely 100% man, He had choice, He could of easily snuffed guards out of existence, anyone who had ever thought something BAD about him, poof. Gone. I mean come on, He is God – but at the same time mortality of being a Man – Death was not something desired, but He knew the stakes, he knew thru the Love he Has for us, what his death would accomplish.
There are things in my life, and I am sure even yours that you could sacrifice and make a huge impact – and I am not talking throw on an altar and light it up (though been a while since someone’s burned fatted calf…) – but I think like many things in the bible sacrifice isn’t always shown to say “end of life” but reduction, elimination, removal, one defination I found stated “personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)” – the best part I think is “to gain an objective” – I am trying to gain a personal life again, not to say I’m trying to become less social, heck in the past 2-3 weeks been spending lots of time with friends & family, but I am also trying to form new relationships with folks, and online while an easy medium to meet folks, sometimes connections are better made in person, specially for me an online veteran I know how to get lost in the world wide web, thus this week I’ve tried to limit my time on social networks, on instant messaging – a sacrifice I think I need to push me out to meet people, to interact in person so maybe that “One” out there for can meet me, and see me vs. chat and only know the smooth guy online, not the nerdy, mildly anxious geek who fumbles his words, and is strangely nervous 🙂 thats more who I am than a persona online in a chatroom, I’m more than willing to be my anxious/nerdy self if that means sacrificing my online social for a offline social.
So not to sound too much like my dad ending a sermon, but if you walk away with one thing from this, ask yourself this question, What are you willing to sacrifice for someone you love? – There are things in my life aside from my online life I’m going to be throwing out, part of whatever this journey I am on is all about, really taking the time for once to let God refine who I am, sacrificing old bad habits, un-needed expenses, really just fine tuning my life – and if along the way meet that “one” so be it, be nice if she was around the corner, but Love is patient, it is kind, it never fails, thus in its time, I know Love will find me, may still just need to scrape some rust off this ol bucket I call my life, but all in due time – heck maybe even now the “one” is reading, and I pray when our time is right – God brings us together and the sacrifices, the change, the road we’ve both traveled on will bring us together.
Anywhoo – thats one of the things I’ve had on my mind the last few weeks, and tonight it all just clicked in my head and needed to get it down, and who knows maybe some one reading is in that same spot, and this helped more than just helped me writing it down and having one less thing rolling around in my ol noggin – but with these last few bits of the “Anywhoo” I hope everyone has a great Thursday!