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True Love

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The simple living love post! I just love LOVE.  It is what makes life worth living, and sharing it is the most important thing we can do in our life.

Love

What is true love?  How can I show true love?  How does chocolate fit in?

While love is great I am not sure how much Valentines really helps us…

Sure, it is a holiday to remind us about love, but how it defines love is superficial … and often self-centered.

Love isn’t about cheap chocolate in fancy boxes, overpriced flowers, or $5 Hallmark cards with someone else’s words.  Love isn’t getting dressed up for the evening or having a wild night.  It isn’t that these things are bad, but they aren’t love.

I think Love is best defined by this verse: (and hold on, if you aren’t Christian you will probably still like this post. Stick with me)

 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

The fact that Jesus came to earth and died for us is the perfect picture of love, but it is also a great picture of how we can show love to others.

… not that I am in to dying, but we can give our life in other ways.

Giving of ourselves is love.  Somewhere between stores wanting us to spend money and general humanity being lazy and hot having time we decided that giving ourselves was spending $50 on a shiny red present at the store.  Nope.

Love is more.  Love is harder.  Love is worth it.  (tweet this)

Going into this holiday of Valentines think about who you want to show love to and how you can give of yourself to them.  It might be money, but more often it is time, listening, understanding, playing, and focusing on them.

You can use Valentines but love is for the whole year.  Often it can mean even more when it is given out of the blue.

I love Love!  I love Valentines, but we celebrate it pretty quietly at home.  The rest of the year has much better prices on flowers and chocolate 🙂

I wanted to share this song with you that goes with my point.  It always makes me tear up when I listen to it but the message is so clear.  Enjoy!

Enjoy Valentines and I hope you can find and receive this true love all year long.

5 Comments

  1. anuradha anuradha

    “Love” your post 🙂
    We’re giving mother earth a little love gift: planting two stunning trees in nigeria. If anyone else is interested, here’s a great link to Tree Nation:
    http://www.tree-nation.com/plant
    Thank you Lorilee!

  2. “Love is harder.” So true, and a good point to remember. Chocolates and flowers mean so much more to me when it’s not Valentines 🙂

  3. My husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day. We do make homemade Valentine’s with our son and enjoy candy and treats together, but we don’t buy cards for any holidays anymore. I feel like they are insincere being the words of someone else. I much prefer reading the handwritten original words of my husband and I prefer them throughout the year, not on a specific day someone else has mandated.

    MarieG LifeSimplyBalanced.com

  4. pea pea

    I have read in a number of places that folks are starting to reinterpret Valentine’s day which is rather good. They are doing it along the lines that have been mentioned here: not just about couples and sidelining the chocolates and flowers side. A step in the right direction I think. I also think this reinterpretation takes the idea of what love means more seriously.

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