I think that our society has lost the true meaning of being loving. We get so wrapped up in ourselves and how we feel that we forget loving means sacrificing everything for someone else. Being authentically full of love means seeing people as created beings. Seeing them for who they are and could be. I find myself looking at the world and wondering how it became such a horrible place. How do we go about our lives living these selfish, busy, non-passionate paths? Aren't we tired of hurting people, of not making a difference in others...aren't we tired of being too busy to stop and see all the people we could be helping if we just took the time to LOVE?
I love ice cream! How many people have said that? I love you! How many people have said that? We are so into finding the love of our lives (whether that be a spouse, a job, or money), that we forget that love should really be about looking outside of our perfect little white-picket houses and noticing the family that doesn't have enough food to eat, or the father that just lost his job, the single-mother who is struggling to get by, the child that is being tossed around like yesterday's garbage, or the family member in our very own family that is ready to give up...because he doesn't feel important.
single- never married person...I think some people think that I don't understand love. The thing is that I think I understand it so well. Not because I have had to love a spouse through thick and thin, but because I have had to be there for people when they are at their lowest point. I have seen kids begging on the street. I have seen women who have to use their bodies in order to feed their families. I have seen desperation in the eyes of young mothers. If we really just loved each other....like really loved each other...wouldn't we take care of each other? Wouldn't we stop spending our money on time and things that don't really matter, and start spending it on things that are going to change people's lives?
What does authentic love look like to you?
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