Over a decade ago, I started to ask people, “What is LOVE?” At first, I was shocked at how folks struggled to define LOVE. The answers were interesting to me and reflected just how little people knew about, understood, or had experienced this state of mind we call LOVE. The Bible tells me that LOVE is the greatest of all gifts. This sacred collection of ancient letters talks about LOVE in many different arenas, and though I had read and re-read these teachings, I still could not comprehend such a thing. What I really understood was the absence of LOVE.
Like the Yin and Yang or good and evil, LOVE has an opposite: FEAR. Everyone knows fear. Fear is how we market our goods, raise our children, and motivate our employees. We create storms full of fear with loud bolts of rejection and hate to get others to behave in a certain way. By the time we are in our adolescent years, we have it down. Manipulating fear becomes our go-to tool in the cerebral toolbox. And like good little humans, we turn lust into love and we are set for our adult lives. That is, until we experience real LOVE so loud that it rocks our cerebral toolbox and spills what we thought we knew all over the ground.
Most folks jump right back into fear and say, “This has to be some kind of trick.”
I had to learn that LOVE is not something I harvest for myself but something I plant for others. LOVE is mine to give away. I get to make others feel safe and accepted. I get to care for those who are struggling in their own fear storm. LOVE is not about me at all.
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And the amazing thing I have realized is that the more LOVE I give away, the more I receive in return. My old model, where I used fear to try and get someone to “LOVE” me, turned out to be an emotional nightmare.
LOVE is more powerful than fear in all accounts.
LOVE heals where fear sickens.
LOVE unites where fear divides.
LOVE makes whole what fear has destroyed.
So why not live our lives committed to LOVE? Why not raise our children in love? Lead our companies with LOVE? Heal our communities with this powerful thing called LOVE? If you are full of fear, please let me LOVE on you. You are a masterpiece built to love, and you matter to me.