In my perfect world it is always a nice cool summer, not too hot and not too cold. There are beautiful flowers, trees, and thick green grass. It is sunny with a beautiful bright blue sky and the perfect amount of puffy clouds. It is never too wet and rainy or too dry. There are only ladybugs, birds and butterflies. My children never fight and neither does any one else and everyone is always happy. Above all, everyone feels loved and everyone loves one another. I don’t casually mean love, like “oh hey your my friend so of course I love you”. I mean a real, deep, pure love that extends from your family, friends, and neighbors to total strangers. Pure love that only God has shown us how to give. He gave his one and only son so that we, if we choose to do so, can spend eternity with him. He loves us so passionately that he created us just the way we are and loves us so unconditionally that he cares to know our every thought, grief, loss, bad mood and every act, good or bad yet still give us grace.
Do you love anyone this much? It is a pure love, meaning do you ask for anything in return, or do you love someone just because they exist? 1 John 4:11-12 says this (translation from The Message):
My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other.
No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within
us, and his love becomes complete in us – perfect love!
The fact is, we live in such a selfish world. No one takes the time to say hello to a stranger on the street, much less give them love. I’m not say you need to go hug a total stranger, but when was the last time you opened a door for someone, helped an elderly person up the stairs, or helped carry someones groceries to their car? I think we could all benefit from a little more love in our world. Even if it does not benefit ourselves directly. It will benefit someone who receives your love, and that maybe priceless to that person.
That being said, I would like to tell you that I love you. I pray your days are filled with grace, love and the passion to love others.
Holly is an imperfect homeschooling wife, mother, photographer and dog mom. She spends her days enjoying every moment in Germany and thanking God for her blessings.