I can just imagine the look on the readers face after seeing this title. That look of expression that asks, “Has this guy completely lost it????” The answer all depends on what “it” means. If it means that I lost the worldly view of the definition of love, then YES, I have lost it. God has granted me with a tremendous amount of insight that I would like to share. Since January of this year, I have been studying and commenting on the books of the Bible and have not really blogged about anything else. Today, I would like to take a sort of intermission by focusing on the title of my account that comes from the reason I started it in the first place (“Experiencing Life”). Do not get me wrong, the Bible is the ultimate source in guidance through daily life that still applies to us today. This particular entry is focused on what has been heavy on my mind and heart lately.

Michael Buble’s song, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJmKkU5POA) describes my feelings to the T. I know all too well the feeling of pain when making someone a priority only to discover that I was just an option not chosen. Neil Gaiman had this to say: “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest, it opens up your heart, and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” This was clearly written in the midst of pain that I am sure we all have felt at one point or another. I encourage the reader to go to the following website and listen closely to the 3-minute clip that shows love in a positive light: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPgo8o3CNGI

Jeff Klein from Walk the Way Ministries has provided an interesting perspective from the movie Avatar that I missed. For those who do not know, the plot of Avatar is as follows: “In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na’vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture.” What Klein pointed out was part of the Na’vi culture, instead of the expression, “I love you,” the people say, “I see you.” Here is what is interesting, the word “love” can be used as a noun or a verb, however, the word, “see” can ONLY be used as a verb. Back to English 101, nouns are often thought of as referring to persons, places, things, states, or qualities. Verbs typically express action, state, or a relation between two things, and that when inflected may be inflected for tense, aspect, voice, mood, and to show agreement with their subject or object. God “sees” us for who we really are, and loves us anyway, so much so, that He wants to be a part of our everyday life. God took action with His love by giving His Son for us so that we may eternally be with Him. This love should bring us to our knees and pray for Jesus Christ to reveal Himself through us so that we may reveal Him to the lost.

I came across the following on the Internet and could not resist adding this to my entry: “Life isn’t about how many people call you and it’s not about who you’ve dated, are dating, or haven’t dated at all. It’s not about grades, money, clothes, or colleges that accept you or not. Life isn’t about if you have lots of friends, or if you are alone, and it’s not about how accepted or unaccepted you are. Life just isn’t about that. But life is about who you love and who you hurt. It’s about how you feel about yourself. It’s about trust, happiness, and compassion. It’s about sticking up for your friends and replacing inner hate with love. Life is about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance, and building confidence. It’s about what you say and what you mean. It’s about seeing people for who they are and not for what they have. Most of all, it is about living your life to touch someone else’s. To let go isn’t to forget, not think about, or ignore. It doesn’t leave feelings of anger, jealousy, or regret. Letting go isn’t winning, and it isn’t losing. It’s not about pride, and it’s not about how you appear, and it’s not obsessing or dwelling on the past. Letting go isn’t blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and doesn’t leave emptiness, hurt or sadness. It’s not giving in or giving up. Letting go isn’t about loss, and it’s not defeat. To let go is to cherish memories, but to overcome and to move on. It is having an open mind and confidence in the future. Letting go is accepting. It is learning and experiencing and growing. To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry and made you grow. It’s about all that you have, all that you had and all that you will soon gain. Letting go is having the courage to accept change, and the strength to keep moving. Letting go is growing up. It is realizing that the heart can sometimes be the most potent remedy. To let go is to open a door, and to clear a path and to set yourself free.”

What is the blessing of heartache? It is about gaining a better understanding of how God feels when we reject Him and/or His plans for our life. From this understanding, emerges a closer relationship with Him and drives us to perform His will and trust in His timing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkWGwY5nq7A (Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts)

Colin Smith provided an excellent devotional that makes an excellent conclusion to this entry:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”–Exodus 20:3: Your calling is to a life of loving loyalty to the God who loved you and gave Himself for you. The first commandment calls you to a natural response of gratitude to the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
“You shall have no other gods before me.” –Exodus 20:3: Positively, this means thinking about Him, remembering Him, appreciating Him, honoring Him, choosing Him, loving Him, desiring Him, and fearing Him. It means believing Him, trusting Him, hoping in Him, and delighting in Him. It means being zealous for Him, calling upon Him, and it means giving thanks to Him. It means giving Him more weight in your life and in your decisions than any other. I have found it helpful to identify some of the sins that break the first commandment because they displace God: Pride, hero worship and infatuations, allowing people to bind your conscience, consulting the devil, mediums, spiritists, fortunetellers, superstition, impatience with God, complaining about His providence, unbelief, distrust, and despair. How can you despair if the Lord is your God! Despair always means that there is something else that you want, and you have decided you will not get it. In addition, you despair because that thing has become more important than God. I have to tell you that this command is absolutely liberating: It will deliver you from infatuations. It will deliver you from the control that an overbearing parent, or a manipulating pastor or a dominating friend may have had over you. Everything that is good in your life is a gift from God, who gives us all things richly to enjoy. The problem we face is when the gifts become more important to us than the Giver. That is idolatry. What dominates your thoughts, your goals, your conversation? What is the first love of your life? That is your god.

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