Love

Okay, this is where I know my beliefs will challenge some of my readers. Love is frequently talked about but often misunderstood action. That’s right, love is an action, not a feeling. The feelings of love are only the emotional response to how we chose to behave.

Love is about how we interact with those around us. It is about experiencing life together. Love is expressing compassion, encouragement and affection. Most importantly, love is a choice. It is the decision to allow others to share our experience, and our desire to share theirs.

Jim and ShelleyI have had the wonderful experience of loving a woman for more than 23 years of my life. Our love is expressed through a variety of actions, some big, but most small and meaningful. After 22 years of marriage, we realize that love is not about a sweeping romantic feeling. Love is the day-to-day giving of yourself to someone else.

It concerns me when we are told through the media and society that love is about the pounding of the heart when you see someone for the first time. Love is much more than an primal reaction to a sexual stimulus. That, my friends, is lust. Not that our God-given sexual desire is bad, but it’s not love.

Love is something that is nurtured and grows between two people who care for the wellbeing of each other. We choice to love just as we choice not to love. Love is also making ourselves vulnerable to the fact that we may not receive love in return. But love is not about receiving; love is about giving.

We need to let go of this crazy notion that love is a chemical reaction sparked by a chance encounter. Love is a choice; the giving of ourselves.

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