More often than not, LOVE is not that mushy, gushy, lovey, dovey feeling that we sometimes associate it with.
More often than not, LOVE is spelled
It is staying up night after night with a sick child
Making dinner, cleaning the toilets, washing clothes, going shopping
Forgiving a loved one again and again for hurting us
Releasing a hubby to pursue his ministry or passion while we stay home with the kids
Doing something nice for someone even though we don't feel like it.
You get the picture - and if you've been married for any length of time - or have children, you know all too well what I'm talking about.
Lately, my thoughts have often been wandering to the story of the Good Samaritan.
I wonder what life was like for him when he was traveling down the road to Jericho and saw the hurting man lying on the side of the road.
I bet that when he got up that day, he thought to himself:
"Alright, what a great day!
I've got some free time
I just happen to have extra money in my purse I don't need.
I'm feeling great!
Wonder what I should do today?
I feel so full of love, so generous I could just hug the whole world.
Let me go out, take a walk and see if there is anybody that could use my help in any way."
That MAY have been the case.
But I'm not so sure it was.
More likely than not, he was just as busy with important "busy-ness" as the other people who walked by the hurting man on the road
who had no time
didn't want to get their hands or clothes dirty
couldn't be bothered with the hassle
or the expense.
YET - he cared, stopped and sacrificed to help the hurting one -
out of his OWN pocket
No ministry fund or whatever
Rich serving the tsunami survivors in Samoa a couple of years ago
I LOVE JESUS !
He set the perfect example of what LOVE is spelled like
No holding back
Giving it all
Even when it was way less then "convenient"
the ultimate sacrificial love!
HE defined LOVE for us with the story of the Good Samaritan!
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
I want to love like you, JESUS!!!!
Even when I don't feel like it.
Even when I haven't had time with my hubby for a long time and will miss him very much for those 2 weeks he'll be in Christchurch.
Even if it will mean that my workload will increase considerably when I already have a lot on my plate.
I want to JOYFULLY give up my husband.
It's really not much at all.