Maybe it’s time we change how we define love.
When you hear the word “love,” let it not be the “can’t-eat, can’t-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over-the-fence, World Series” kind of love you see in movies. Let’s give it a different meaning.
Let love be the kind that compels you to wear a smile with the kind words you utter because you know that others are going through some of the hardest times in their lives. Being kind despite the bad circumstances you’re in could be someone’s salvation.
Let it be the kind of love that reaches out to the person who you once thought was the hardest person to love because you know that everyone is capable and deserving of the kind of love you can give.
I hope it’s the kind of love that drives you to call your family every day just to remind them how much you care for them because simply assuming that they know is overrated.
It’s the kind of love that makes you excited to go to work not just because you need the paycheck but because you know that what you do actually saves someone in some way.
Let it be the love that never forgets to say thank you because your appreciation reassures others and gives them the encouragement that they probably desperately needed for the day.
Let it be the kind of love that is present. Because sometimes, your presence is someone’s everything. It’s time to make time for the ones close to your heart. You’re busy because what you’re doing is for their benefit. But time is flying so fast I hope you know.
Let it be the kind of love that is selfless. Because the greatest form of love is sacrifice. You are safe, you are provided for, and you are thought of. You have all the love you need. It’s time now to give to someone other than yourself.
Finally, let it be the kind of love that prays because you admit that while you can’t fix everything that’s wrong, you know someone who can. Giving up is not an option unless it’s God you give it up to. So pray. Give a kind of love that is different. Different because it’s the kind that does what it says. The kind that doesn’t say, “I’ll be there for you if you need me” because before they admit they need you, you’re there beside them.
The right kind of love is one of the few things that this world can never have enough of. It’s the kind that saves and transforms.
Love has been so underrated. It has been limited to the kind of love given by physical intimacy and with everything that’s been going on with people who have mental health issues, now is the time to give just a little more love. Because this kind of love can save a life.
Now, when you hear love, let it remind you of who you choose to become every day.