“Don’t you want somebody to love.
Don’t you need somebody to love.
Wouldn’t you love somebody to love.
You better find somebody to love.”
– Jefferson Airplane
We all want to love and be loved. Deep at the heart of the every human being is the aching desire to love and be loved.
Love is a messy thing though because loving means taking a risk, and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t be hurt by taking a risk, loving well, and then just having things go plain ‘ole wrong. True love pushes through pain and disappointment. True love is faithful when everything else is screaming, “QUIT!”
I have known my share of disappointment, but I have also seen the power of faithful, enduring, never-giving up love. I’ve so grateful that I’ve been tough enough to push through, and wise enough see the value of a love that grows deeper through adversity.
Today is a day about LOVE. Some of you out there cringe at the sight of red hearts and teddy bears and the bouquets of long stemmed roses on every corner in nearly every store- I cringe too.
Vicky Beeching wrote a poignant blog post yesterday about her struggle with Valentine’s Day. In her posts she brings out the point that there are four different kinds of love: Storge (affection/fondness between family or acquaintances), Phileo (friendship), Eros(intimate/romantic) and Agape (the love of God). Every single one of those “loves” were created by God and is worth celebrating today.
Valentine’s Day at our house has always been about family love. John and I NEVER get a sitter and go out to dinner. The past few years have been hard. Trip to Ukraine in 2009, a ministry trip in 2010, and Mattie in the NICU in 2011. So with three years of very un-magical Valentine’s Days around here, this year will be a year to make up for it! I can’t wait to decorate the table, cook a special meal for my family, and give little gifts of love to each one.
And today, I’m determined to love others and to look for those who need to feel loved today. I will find somebody(s) to love.
You should too.
I encourage each one of us to reach beyond our own borders and find someone who needs love today. I don’t think you’ll have to look hard. Give an encouraging word, a good 20 second hug, buy someone a cup of coffee, surprise someone with chocolate…
In a world screaming for us to turn our full attention on Eros (intimate/romantic) love today, let us not forget the deep value of Storge (affection/fondness between family/friends) and Phileo (friendship) love. And please above all else, find someone to shower with some true Agape (love of God) love today.
Come on now, “You Better Find Somebody to Love.”