First things first, I think our society as a whole needs to face certain facts. To begin: You are NOT independent, and no, you have NOT arrived. You CAN’T do everything on your own and you are NOT stronger than everybody else. Nope. You need grace just as much as the rest of us. You need it as much today as when you first set foot on this earth. You need grace as much today as the hour you first believed.
It’s okay to be “weak”. Weakness is human. It’s okay to be broken. Anybody who is trying to pretend that they have all the pieces of their life together needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and become cognizant of their many imperfections.
Why is it so hard for some people to accept love? This world is full of human beings. All perfectly imperfect, just as you are, as I am. All flawed, but in a beautifully flawless way—each of us formed by an infallible God. I can almost guarantee you that at least one individual on this earth is willing to show you compassion, to show you love. Don’t tell me there isn’t anyone who would answer your phone call when you were in dire need. In fact, don’t tell me there isn’t a single person on this earth who would answer your phone call even if you WEREN’T in dire need. That right there should show you that someone loves you—someone truly does care.
Love is all around you. That fact is made apparent to us in a variety of ways—including creation itself. The beauty of this earth was fashioned in such a way that God could remind us daily of how much he truly loves us and how blessed we are. This earth was created to be inhabited by man. Man was put on this earth to rule and have dominion over all, and we were then commanded to do one thing above all else: Love. This doesn’t mean to love just yourself. Don’t make yourself an idol by worshipping the ground you walk on or by expecting others to do the same. Just, simply, love one another. And, in return, allow yourself to be loved.
I hope you all have a wonderful night and are able to (hopefully) be in the presence of someone you love. And, if not, don’t forget about the One above—the One who created us all; the One who the word “love” was created by and is truly intended for. Be content in knowing that his yearning for your heart is the greatest love of all.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” -1 Corinthians 13:1-3