“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Valentine’s Day is the Day to Love.
I love love. And Valentine’s Day is the day to love, isn’t it? Yes, it’s true.
But, loving the other 364 days of the year can be one of the most challenging things to actually do. Loving others well requires a great deal of, well, supernatural ability. I can’t really love others well without depending on the power of the Holy Spirit to help me. How do I know this? Because, I’ve failed over and over and over again.
So, today, I’m challenging myself to take a good long look at the love chapter in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. I’ve read it a million times, heard a million sermons on it, but somehow, I keep messing up.
I want to love better. How about you? Would you like to join me as I begin practicing love?
It’s time to practice our loving.
My goodness, we practice everything else in the world. Piano. Soccer. Ballet. Volleyball. Shall I continue?
I am sure that every Olympian athlete has spent hours and hours practicing their sport.
Why, then, don’t we give a little attention to practicing something as vital to life as love?
Today, I’m beginning the journey by reading through the apostle Paul’s writing on love, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
I’ve created a couple resources to help make it easier for all of us. Stay tuned for more!