I was pondering the emotion of love and wandered how love can be the most powerful force in the universe and yet, many have such a difficult time understanding, embracing and expressing the one emotion that is designed to hold us together.
The bible teaches us to abide by faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. We are further asked to pursue love and commanded that we love one another as God has loved us. This is a testimony to the power of love.
Often when we think of love, particularly during the month of February for Valentine’s Day, we think of relationships between husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend. Our feelings seem to intensify with the very thought that we are loved by that special person. Some people spend days, weeks and months trying to create a clever way to show and tell their sweethearts how they are loved. That expression is typically done through a nice dinner, flowers, candy or cards. These are all beautiful gestures that I appreciate giving and receiving, but I cannot help but consider if we spread the intensity of that love beyond our mates, how powerful our relationships would be within our families, friends and communities.
Do you know someone that has lost a mate or loved one recently? What about an elderly parent, relative or even a total stranger in a nursing home? Do you know a homeless family or even a youth in your neighborhood that would benefit from just a little dose of a love expression? Imagine if we reached beyond our personal desires to receive and consider giving more love on Valentine’s Day. That’s the power of real love, loving one another.
The power of love lies within each and every one of us. On Valentine's Day, strength your arms beyond your sweetheart and show a gesture of love to others. We all like to hear those three words, I Love You.