“Love to be real, it must cost.
It must empty us of self.”
“You know that Love looks like something, right? ”
“It does”, Pastor Tommy said at church last week. “Love is action…and it usually costs us something.”
And with that, my pen flew into high gear. I couldn’t scribble the words down fast enough. They felt like a spark inside my heart, and I wanted to think a lot more about them.
What does love look like?
Man did that question stir up a lot of great conversations around here this past week! Seems like most folks (myself included) feel like their idea of what love looks like has changed quite a bit over the years. (How could it not, right?)
These days, I think love looks like a pivot point. One from which every decision I make, and every action I take, should be based.
It looks like actions without expectations.
Like joy in others…the kind that feels essential to our own.
It looks like a wider margin, freed up for things that didn’t used to fit.
It looks like a nature changed.
A promise kept.
Like a handed-over heart.
A held-fast hope.
It looks like patience, personified.
Like hanging on and hoisting up.
Like the glue that holds life and faith together.
Like a first precious glimpse of Heaven.
Everybody is going to have their own version of what love looks like to them, but I think it’s so fascinating to realize that it all boils down to the same thing, don’t you? #sacrifice
I look for it everywhere lately.
Do you see it here? In a breath, taken away because he gets to share his life with her…
Do you see it here? Standing in awe, and singing for Him…
Do see it here? In a commitment that was built to laugh…and last… 😉
Do you see it here? In the time he spent away from the part of his heart he hadn’t met yet?
Do you see it here? Where the sun meets the Son…
I’d love to hear what love looks like to you if you feel like sharing in the comment section below. Maybe it looks like a Bible verse, a memory, or something happening in front of you right now. Whatever it is, I’d love to hear about it. 🙂 And for those of you on Instagram, I thought maybe we could share photos of what love looks like over there today, too. (Just use the hashtag #WhatLoveLooksLike and we’ll all be able to connect.) I texted some friends yesterday and told them to send me a photo of what love looked like to them, right at that exact moment, and it was so sweet to see their hearts pop up on my screen in that way!
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.“
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7