Talk Is Still Cheap, Love in Action
Good day lovelies! I'm back at it again, after a tough season of writer's block. One thing I love about blogging is being able to always have an outlet to challenge my faith and knowlege of God. I also love being able to hone in on scriptiures and see how God takes a single revelation and divides it up for us to alll benefit from it. Today's reflections are centered around this scripture:
Real, undiluted and perfect love is becoming more difficult to decipher these days. I hate to be the person that wags her finger at technology and how it is making our generation become so impersonal and blah blah blah...BUT, can I interpret the "blah-blahs" real quick? The truth is, with people being so easily accessible via multiple social media platforms, iMessaging and Facetime it is easy to feel virtually connected and think that this is enough. Have you ever had a friend that you talked to all day every day via text and then when you are in person, it is slightly awkward and feels forced? It is because frequency and accessibility via technology has created this false sense of closeness and affection. Not to say that the feelings are not real, and people cannot make meaningful conversations, but when we think about love, it requires more than just a quick hello or sharing a funny meme. It is more about making meaningful actions that are not contingent on comfort, convenience or availability.
Here's a quick rundown of why Talk is Still Cheap and How Love In Action is the answer:
Love in Action breeds community-- when you start walking in love, you will attract a community of people who will inevitably do the same to you. This also sifts out the unhealthy bonds and friendships that are weighing you down.
Love in Action speaks to your maturity level-- Imagine a guy asks you on a date and leaves you hanging-- there you are dressed to the nines sitting in a restaurant alone. Godly love in action, is the guy that not only asks you on a date, but shows up on time to pick you up, pays the bill and even follows up with asking you on a second date. When you stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk it speaks to a refined and trust worthy maturity level inside of you.
Love in Action defines your character-- when you have to love someone despite how you feel, or what you know about them, it makes you put pride on the side. The shedding of one's pride is a difficult task, and no matter how humble you think you are, we all have at least an ounce of prideful behavior that pokes out and works against our potential best.
Love in Action garners respect-- It is better for someone to respect you than to fear you. When you love in action, the person on the receiving end of that love, will in turn begin to respect you. This person can become a voice of pardon and a defender when you're in the midst of doubters. If you think about all of the tyrants in history from Hitler to Saddam Hussein, these men were feared, hence the irrational decisions made and the chokehold it placed on the development of their countries. The language of love will always garner respect that furthers, increases and protects.
Love in Action shifts your perspective-- this is personal testament for me. Lately, I've experienced so much change in the things that I values because I've taken more time to follow through with commitments and seen how my relationships have been strengthened.
I hope this post has given you something to think about...something to reflect on. Ask yourself: Am I impacting the people around me with love? Do you follow my words through with action? I'm on a journey to being more about it and limiting the lofty talking.
Book of The Season:
I've been reading "Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires and The Respect He Desperately Needs" by Emerson Eggerichs. This book has been on my "to read" list for the past 2 years or so, and I finally decided to plunge into this read after bumping heads with my SO over something so silly. Let me tell y'all-- if you're single, in a serious relationship, engaged or married-- you will be grateful after reading this book. I am taking my time to read chunks of this book every week and challenge myself to apply these principles.
Phew, it feels great to be back blogging! I'm excited about this month of August. I'll be busy with traveling and cannot wait to share about my adventures! In the meantime, head over to my podcasts and check out episode 5, this series is almost done, which means another series of podcasts is coming soon! **insert dancing red dress girl here**
Grace & Peace,