Saturday, February 20, 2010
What's love got to do with it?
We have all heard the old Tina Turner song, "What's love got to do with it". (If not, you can check out the lyrics HERE) It's super sad to think that a lot of people share her sentiments.
I remember when I was in the second grade I had a big ol'crush on Mack Reinwand. Not only was he the cutest boy in class, but also my next door neighbor!
When February came around we made little mailboxes and were instructed by our teacher, Mrs. Wilcox, to write notes to our friends and leave them in their boxes! This was all leading up to the big day.....Valentines day!
I had worked hard for months, acting aloof and completely unfazed by Mack with his blond hair and blue eyes. Being shy, I wasn't about to send him a note.....nuh uh....noooo way.
And then it happened!
There in my box was a note, perfectly folded, with my name written in his perfect second grade penmanship. I opened it and found, to my astonishment, words of unrequited love. Mack had a crush on me too!
Oh my goodness! I was elated, and horrified! Being 7 years old, and painfully shy around boys....I had absolutely no idea what to do! The thing I remember most though, was the wonderful feeling of being loved (or at least liked) by someone I loved (or at least liked)! It felt amazing!
Yes love has a romantic connotation, but love is so much more than romance! Love is a super power! If you possess it in it's truest form, or any form for that matter, you are a better person for it.
I have been learning how to love for 31 1/2 years now, and I think in some miraculous way, I'm starting to get the hang of it. I am having to overcome some obstacles, and learn through some handicaps, just like we all do, but I promise you that a huge part of our purpose and existence here is simply....to love.
Our Savior is the real "love guru". He knows how to heal hearts, and mend fences. He is patient and long suffering. He is quick to forgive and never holds a grudge. With all of my heart I want to be like Him!
When Tyler and I were dating, I began to realize that love is so much more than butterflies in your stomach and long stemmed roses...love is goodness. Love is a heart that is true. Love is recognizing your mistakes and giving them up. It is fighting for what you believe in. Love is having faith in things you cannot see yet.
Tyler...you have helped heal my life and turn it into something beautiful...and love has had EVERYTHING to do with it!