How do we show love? The best indicator of love, and in reality, the only indicator of love is time given to the objects of our love. Time does not always mean physical presence, but simply time devoted to whatever it is you can give that shows that you care.
Love requires patience and endurance. Love requires many small sacrifices, and even some big ones. How do we show our love for our family, our friends, our neighbors, and our God deeply reflects the real love we have for ourselves. When we listen to the four year old tell a story, even when we feel like doing something else, like watching TV, that’s love. If we continually neglect these small tasks, we are not displaying love for the child, but selfishness. Selfishness will not bring lasting memories of joy to the child. When we listen to our significant other tell about his day at work, albeit ever so boring sometimes, we are displaying love. If we fail to listen and only listen to that which we find interesting, we are not displaying love for our love one, but instead disregard. Disregard will not be a blessing to the relationship. When we take the time to call our mother, because we know that she looks forward to hearing from us; we are displaying love. When we do not call, simply because we don’t feel like it, we are displaying only a selfishness. When we check on the single mother parent who lives in our block, we are displaying love for our neighbor. When we past by each day with disregard, wondering how on earth they make it, and judging them because of a bad choice made in the past, we are not displaying love. We are displaying disregard.
When we praise God, and thank him for life, we are displaying love. When we are never thankful, and complain about all the world is, never seeing the beauty and wonders of the world, we are not displaying love for God, but disregard.
Whatever it is that we value most, we will devote our mind and energy to. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you value the condition of people, if you never invest any time and effort into fulfilling their most basic needs.
Most people think that the opposite of love is hate; but I say to you, the opposite of love is actually total disregard.
Peace, Light and Love to You and Yours. . . CordieB.
There is no force more potent than love.
Take away love and your world is a tomb.
Your life echoes emptiness without love.
With it, your life will vibrate with warmth and meaning.
Even during hardship, love will shine through.
As you look back upon the events in your life you will find that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
If you have it, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter what else you have.
Therefore, search for love.
Once you have learned to love, you will have learned to live.