More Like Love

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If topic sentences are meant to be simple and to the point, I believe the one above deserves a big, shiny trophy (or at least a gold star). I mean, come on, one word written over and over 76 times. You’ve GOT to be catching on by now. And before you freak out, I solemnly swear this is not a sappy love post written by a hopeless girl and her pint of ice cream/tears. Although I am quite capable of writing that type of post, that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. Today, I am talking about love in it’s simplest form – the pure nature of love itself.

In the culture we live in today, love has been twisted in to so many things that it’s not. We have this view that love is complicated when it reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Love itself is not complicated, but people are. Relationships are. Circumstances are. But love itself? Nope.

You see, love is a choice, not a feeling. It’s a choice to be kind, be compassionate, do the right thing. It’s a choice to open your heart up and let people in – no matter how many times it’s been broken. Love always wins because love is something you choose. When you stop choosing to love, well that’s on you. That’s when things get messy. As one of my favorite authors Glennon Melton puts it, “Love is not something for which to search or wait or hope or dream. It’s simple something to do.”

So if it’s something to do, why don’t we do it? Why don’t we love the people around us? Our neighbors? The checkout lady at the grocery store? Real people with real stories who are desperate for real love. The need to be loved is one of the most basic human needs simply because we were created that way. It’s in our DNA.

Love takes shape in many different forms. Love is a laughing baby or a random act of kindness; a simple “how are you?” or sharing half of your cookie (that’s TRUE love, my friends). But, you know what else love it? Love is the poor people living on the streets, the single mom working overtime just to provide food for her children, the girl who silently sits in the corner with tears streaming down her face. Do you get it? Are you catching on? Love is everywhere, love is everything, love is everyone. Because when it comes down to it, we are love.

We are all children of God, the purest form of love we will ever find. God is love and He placed His love inside each and every one of us the day that we were placed on this planet. His love is in us so that it can radiate through us.

“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

There’s a song by Ben Rector called “More Like Love” and it has been resonating in my soul ever since I first heard it. Over and over it says, “I just want to be more like love, I just want to be more like love, I just want to be more like love.” And when it comes down to it, that’s all I really want. I want to be love. But you see, there’s one small problem I’ve been running in to: LOVING PEOPLE IS HARD. There! I said it! It’s being the first to apologize even though you really don’t even feel sorry. It’s being the bigger person even though it seems you’re alwaaays the bigger person. And for those of you like me who have a little bit of a temper, it’s holding in that comeback that’s oh so good. but let’s be real, I know you got one 😉 It’s taking a deep breath and listening to that little voice inside of you – that little voice called love. And here’s a secret: the more you listen to that little voice, the bigger it becomes. The easier it is to hear. The more natural it feels. And before you know it, love is your first reaction. You are love.

So let’s all be love, shall we? Let’s stop with the insults and the gossip and the putting others down. Trust me, people put themselves down enough, they don’t need to hear it from us as well. Instead, let’s lift people up, encourage them, be there for them. Let’s lend a listening ear, a giant bear hug, a helping hand. Let’s be kind and brave and compassionate. Come on people, let’s love.

Thanks for reading, guys! I love you (but you probably already knew that) 😉
XOXO Tate

 

Your Storm Will Not Last Forever

Sometimes God uses little things to teach us big things.

Like today, for instance. I had to take my kitty to the vet for her first round of shots. For those of you who follow me on social media, you know how obsessed I am with this little two pound kitty. And I mean, OBSESSED. I could go on for hours about her little grey markings and big blue eyes and tiny (but surprisingly sharp) teeth, but that is not the moral of this story. Maybe a future story (spoiler alert), but not this one. So anyway, I give her over to the vet and she looks at me like “Mom, what are you doing? Why are you betraying me?” Stay calm kitty, the worst is yet to come. The shot goes in and she’s crying and I swear this kitty is speaking to me through her eyes. “MOM I TRUSTED YOU. THIS HURTS. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?” And that’s when it hit me.

I wonder if this is God feels about us when we are struggling. We look up to Him asking the same questions, “I TRUSTED YOU. THIS HURTS. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?” And while it hurts Him to see us hurting, He knows what He’s doing. He sees the big picture while we only see this mere moment of pain. It broke my heart to see little Sadie crying and struggling under that needle, but do you know why I did it? Because I love her. Because I want to protect her. Because I know what’s best for her. If only she will trust me.

If only we will trust God when we go through storms of life. Yes, it hurts now, but there is a reason for the hurt. And one day, we will know that reason. We will look back on these times of darkness and truly understand why we went through them. And we will be filled with thankfulness for our Father for loving us enough to let us go through them. But, we must endure the pain in order to come out on the other side. There has to be a little darkness to fully appreciate the light. Our God is a good God. He is a God of love and grace and mercy. He doesn’t want to hurt you; He wants to protect you. Too often, we get these two confused. So just know that while things may be tough right now, there is a reason. Hold on to His promises. Your storm will not last forever.

XOXO Tate

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