Day 12: “L is for “Love”. What is love for you?”
“What is love?
Oh baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me
I should have known love would be next. The unanswered question. Everyone wonders what is love. Some of us find it in a bar at 3 p.m. Some of us find it at a school. Some of us find it at a church. Some of us find it at the wrong time. Some of us never find it. I am the latter.
I think the people who define love with the word love are stupid. You cannot define a word with a word. If you tell me love is love, then I am still wondering “What is love?” I have tried to define love for myself, but I am not sure that I have a complete definition.
I think I have felt love, but I think love and lust might get confused in my head. I like to think I am not a sexual creature. Unfortunately, there are times when I am thinking of it. Sometimes, I think I love someone, but I find out it was not love; it was lust. Love is what I have for very few people. Typically, I love people who don’t love me.
The other day a little one that I watch said to me “I love you.” as I was leaving. I was struck by it. I starting thinking that I don’t hear I love you since I moved to Colorado in 2013. Before that time, I heard it more often.
I think the Bible has one of the best definitions of love I have heard. It is a famous section, which most of have heard in weddings. I think the first time I heard it was in a friend’s wedding. The verses I am referring to are 1 Corinthians 13.4-7, but I read all of Chapter 13 and it is really a great definition of love.
4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. 5 It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, 6 it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
When I was growing up the people who are supposed to love me, did not show love at all. I felt hated.
What do you consider love? Have you any famous writings that explain it to you?
Excerpt From: Scott Green. “397 Journal Writing Prompts & Ideas.” Apple Books.