“No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.”
― Willa Cather, Alexander’s Bridge
We have this constant desire to be desired. We have this deep within us want to be wanted. We need it. The sad part is- we all fail. We want it for ourselves and we can’t give it to anyone else completely because of it. The beauty of God is that he knows us. He knows us before we know ourselves (For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13). He gave man the ability to write what we call “The Bible” so that we could use it as an answer to all of our questions. Over and over again, God commands us to love. He knows that there is no other way than love.
1 Corinthians 16:14- Do EVERYTHING in LOVE.
1 John 4:19 We LOVE because He first LOVED us.
1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us LOVE one another, for LOVE is from God, and whoever LOVES has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not LOVE does not know God, because God is LOVE.
John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: LOVE one another. As I have LOVED you, so you must LOVE one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you LOVE one another.
John 3:16 For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 5:8 but God shows his LOVE for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through LOVE serve one another.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Ask yourself any question. Go ahead. Right now. I’ll wait.
Were you able to answer your own question with LOVE? Regardless if you wanted that to be the answer or not, the answer is love.
How can I be a better person? LOVE. Why aren’t they a better person? LOVE. Why is this world losing control? LOVE. Why did he/she have to die? LOVE. It may be that there needs to be more love. Or that there was an absence of love. Or that you just had to love them through the hardest time so that they felt peace. All signs lead to love.
We will never be perfect. We will never be anyone’s dream come true. Depressing, right? NOPE. We should feel relieved. Relieved of the responsibility of being someone’s everything. Who wants that stress of that job, anyway?? God is our everything. Until we fully accept that in our hearts, we will walk aimlessly through this life. Accept God. Accept Love.
“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
****************A tidbit of information on Elisabeth Elliot. She worked as a missionary. Her parents worked as missionaries. Her husband, who was a missionary, was speared to death in the mission field trying to make contact with an Indian group in Ecuador. Mrs. Elliot continued to work with the same group that murdered her husband, all for the love of missionary work. WOW.