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Love Is

A few weeks ago a buddy of mines asked me to be a part of a promo video for this discussion panel he was putting on at his church. So everyone in the promo sat in front of the camera and had to answer the question "What is Love?" That is not the easiest question to answer. Needless to say, I didn't have anything extremely philosophical to say on the spot. And after weeks of mulling over that question, not much has changed. "What is Love" has officially (to me) been deemed just as difficult a question as the ever lasting, ever evolving question "Who am I?" Love is an enigma. Everybody claims to know and understand it, but come on now... lets be honest, does anybody really know how deep that rabbit hole goes? Well here is my February 2018 answer to the question:

Love is the most powerful thing in the entire cosmos. Love is so powerful, it can completely override the paralyzing sensation that is fear.

Love is the thing, that makes you say and do the craziest (and sometimes dumbest) things, just to show and prove that your Love is true. Love makes you get down on one knee knowing that they may say "No", but asking anyways because you Love them so much you're willing to endure that possible reality, because Love told you that they may say "Yes", "I will", and "I do". If that is not power, I don't know what is.

Love makes you wake up and go to work day in and day out; working double shifts, holidays, and weekends, just to make sure you keep a roof over their heads, food in their mouths, and clothes on their backs. Love makes you beg your job to let you move your shift back a half hour because you want to be able to drive them to school in the winter, so that they don't have to endure the weather in the morning.

Love makes you believe in God way more than you ever have in your life before because right now God is the only one who can help you or your loved one. So Love makes you get down on those knees after so many years, clasp your hands together, close your eyes and pray an old rusty yet powerful prayer "God, PLEASE!", or "God, I know I haven't spoken to you in a while, and I know I haven't been living right, but Sarah, Belinda, John, Andre, is a good person, so PLEASE!" Why? Because you'd be dammed if you didn't exhaust all options to save, help, of still have them around... because you Love them.

Love makes you stay up till 5 o'clock in the morning editing (if not writing) your friends paper because even though you've done all of your work, or even though you have an exam at 7:45, or even though you graduated 3 years ago and left paper writing behind... you're still inclined to help them because why? That's your friend, and you Love them.

Love doesn't just sit there. Love is never dormant. Love always requires/pushes for action, even if that action is being patient and waiting (yes waiting is an action my love); because he/she is not ready, it's not time, and you love them too much to rush and so you delay your gratification and wait, because you what? Love Them.

And so Love, just like faith, without works is dead. You cannot say you Love anything and not feel Love pull or push you to support, invest, aid, or express that Love. I mean, think about it. When you Love a sports team you buy their merchandise, go to or at least watch the games, cheer them on, you claim to be one with them with statements like "We Won" (knowing dam well you wasn't with them shooting in the gym lol), you look up stats, tweet about them, and whatever else. You cant claim you love the Celtics and not be able to tell Paul Pierce from Brian Scalabrine (neither of them are still on the team so don't bother looking up the roster lol). But do you understand what I'm saying? Love is Action. Love moves. It moves you, it moves fear, it moves mountains.

And, Love is not just for other people, it is for yourself as well. The bible says to Love your neighbor as YOURSELF; therefore, you have to love yourself in order to love your neighbor. And when you realize that God is Love, and that you have access to the greatest Love there is.... Man, if that's not powerful. I don't know what is. But that's a whole other blog post on its own #staytuned

Love is more than emotions. Yes, there is the sappy ooey gooey side to love, but that side is not exclusive to Love. The sappy feelings side of love can also be found in lust, infatuation, attraction, and ect. But love is what remains, if anything remains, when all of that other stuff fades away. Love is being upset with them, and still showing up to their show, or making them that sandwich for work. Love is being hurt by them, but still not wanting to hurt them back. Love gives you the strength and desire to be faithful, even in the midst of temptation. Love gives you the strength to forgive, even when you feel they don't deserve it.

Love is a choice, but it makes you feel like you have no choice but to choose it (Love) over and and over, time and time again.

Love is inexplicable. Love is. It simply is.

- Woods

Lighting up the woods, one Syllable at a time

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