How many times do we hear people say that someone they are in a relationship with is the love of their life–until they break up and move on to the next “love.” In a culture that seemingly embraces divorce it is hard to imagine that any one person can be the love of our life. Today many young people are rejecting the marriage norm and instead are moving from relationship to relationship when boredom or routine settles in.
I used to be one of those serial lovers–always looking for my soulmate or one true love. I have been fortunate to experience that kind of love a couple of times in my life but I sensed that something was missing. Its because the kind of love I want can’t really be found in a mortal man. I wanted unconditional, all forgiving, all loving, and perfect love. Pretty hard expectations to place on another mere human.
I grew up hearing the words that Jesus loved me. I read the stories about his compassion for people he met. I heard about the lives that were changed because they came to know Jesus. But it wasn’t until I had run through many relationships that I discovered how very special that relationship really could be. I had to become willing to accept the notion that God loved me despite all my mistakes. I had to be willing to come to a point in my life to see God in the world around me, even the unfortunate pieces of my life. I had to become willing to accept that God could and would change my life and bring the peace I had sought since I was a young girl.
Once I became willing to accept his love it was up to me to breathe it into my own spirit and let it live inside me. Opening my hands and my heart to the Holy Spirit brought a new healing of old wounds and a removal of the pain from past experiences. The Holy Spirit filled my heart with so much love that I was overwhelmed to the point that I knew I had to do something with this incredible gift. I was compelled to share the love with others and to help them to know what I have come to know.
Today I have but one true love. I know that the love of my life is found in the Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Knowing I have and will always have the love of God, the example and forgiveness of Jesus, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I am finally whole. That doesn’t mean I don’t have loving close relationships–I do. It doesn’t mean that I am not open to a loving relationship with a life-partner–I am. It just means that with or without those human relationships I am happy. And that today in those relationships I will be more fulfilled as I first love the Lord, I let the Lord love me, and I love others in the way I am now inspired to love. I am joyful. I am content. And I have no doubt that
I AM LOVED!
I pray that you to find this incredible gift of love for yourself. If you don’t know the love of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or even God, I hope that you will seek out a spiritual director or someone who you know does have that special relationship and ask them to introduce you to that relationship. And if you too know this special love, feed it and share it. God forward in joy and let the love be known. Let others find their love of a life time too!
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12