Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Reasonableness of Living in Love

What would happen in your life
 if you began to operate primarily out of love?
What would happen if you
 began following where love was leading?

What if you speak the truth (as you understand it) to your co-worker because you care for her well-being, rather than confronting her out of fear or anger: fear that you will appear weak if you don’t go to war, angry that she isn’t Doing It Right.

What would you experience in your relationships if, each time you sensed love welling up in your heart for an individual, you followed it, without knowing exactly where it would lead? “Was thinking of you and wanted to call/write/drop by: how are you? Is there anything I can do for you? I wanted to tell you how much I love you.”

How would your experience of work change if you approached it with love: love for serving others, love for the work itself, love for the grace of even having a job.

What if your Quest for Knowing God or for knowing whether or not there is a God was fueled by Love (Love for Truth) rather than fear of being wrong, fear of “eternal torment,” fear of looking/sounding/acting like “them” or fear of not looking/sounding/acting like “them”?

What would happen in your relationship with your Significant Other if you permitted love to cast caution (fear) to the wind and stood before him or her with a naked soul?

“O, Monte. Be reasonable!” I am. If love is what makes the world go around, if we were created by and for love, then living in love is the most reasonable thing you can do.

My experience is that when the conversation turns to love and people start talking about being reasonable they are usually hiding, running, or justifying their failures or fears regarding love. Consequently, much of the beauty and meaningfulness of life is constantly being drained from their lives.

Pascal wrote, “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” Love believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love sacrifices for others. Love is vulnerable. Love gets underneath people and lifts them up. Love is forgiving. Love is accepting of others. Love is caring and affectionate. Love is as soft as tears and stronger than steel. To Love, you can’t be any more reasonable than this.

Copyright, Monte E Wilson, 2013

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