So, in this poking and probing of the meaning of LOVE, I have come to understand actually in order to love you must be selfless. This doesn’t mean to forget or not take care of yourself as much as it is to develop your gifts and talents for use. Not for your OWN use, but in that of such a way to make a difference in other’s lives. This to a certain extent requires all prideful emotions and notions to be set aside.
First, we must recognize our pride in the many forms it takes and manifests in our very core. Once we are able to define and acknowledge where these prideful actions occur or reside, it is only then to which we can begin to cut ties and learn how to live out humility.
Pride can be seen most apparently through self-flattery and vanity. I am most definitely a victim of this. I look and what I see is a glorified person. I shouldn’t be desiring others to see me; however I should be desiring others to see God’s reflection and likeness through my body. You see as humans we are the vehicle for delivering God’s messages, healing hand, compassion and actually embracing all of these wonderful emotions feelings in witnessing to the very Truth to which he has provided us. This sounds way easier than it really is.
As humans, due to sin, we really make a mess out of our lives. We are damaged, hurt, and sometimes we wallow in our misery. When we wallow, we are just sitting hurt and doing no good for ourselves and others. I was taught to let that go. Let as much negative emotions go. They only weigh you down. A good friend brought something to my attention in regards to feeling sad or hurt. He suggested redirecting our hurt into making someone else’s day brighter. He also suggested always trying to see the good in others no matter what. How many times a day do we sit there talking badly, gossiping, or commenting on how someone is doing a task or living their life? That is not fair of us to do that as now we are judging them. We do not know their circumstance. In fact, we should be trying to see the good that is in them and setting an example. This can be hard when this person is someone we don’t get along with well. We are called to love them anyways. Love our enemies, love our friends, family and strangers all alike.
It takes true humility to love. It takes true and genuine humility to make strides forward and it takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand for the Truth as God proclaims it to be. Once we are able to take our ego out of the picture, see that we are just the vessel to which God works and realize that is the only such way to discover a deeper love.
Letting go of my pride and hurt is hard at this point. I am really pouring my energy into it so I can do myself and others a favor. I know it is something I need to do. The past is finally the past in my mind, soul, and body. Here is to a new page in this chapter of discovering what it is to really love! 🙂
Here is a good resource for anyone seeking more information on humility. I like the way it is broken out. http://www.chastitysf.com/4humility.htm
Bring your awareness up to the plate and do something nice for someone else today!