i’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and i’ve determined that the meaning of life is love. i know this isn’t revolutionary or even really surprising, but how often do we live like we believe that?
think about it. every moment of every day, every decision you make, is driven by one of two forces: love or fear. either you are choosing to give love, seeking to receive love, or choosing fear.
1 John 4:18-19 says, “there is no fear in love. but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. the one who fears is not made perfect in love. we love because he first loved us.”
love and fear are mutually exclusive. if you are choosing to love, you are choosing to abandon fear. if you are choosing fear, you are choosing to abandon love.
to quote from rent: “i’m a new yorker. fear is my life.” i don’t know that i would go so far as to blame new york for my fear, but i know that more often than i would care to admit, i do choose fear. my heart’s desire is for love, i was created for love- created to love and be loved. but i am so, so, afraid of love. so afraid of what might happen if i let down my guard, so afraid of what might happen if i let others see my imperfections, or see my fear. i am a future olympian in the art of “being okay”.
but God does not desire “okay” for me. God desires perfection for me. “the one who fears is not made perfect in love.” conversely, then, the one who does not fear can be made perfect in love. made perfect! in a world that has only seen perfection once since imperfection was introduced, this is a nearly unbelievable idea.
so today, right in this moment, i am choosing love. i am choosing to abandon fear for the next 24 hours. i’m starting with this post- by choosing not to be afraid of being honest and a little bit open. love is not self-seeking, and i struggle with that. for one day, i am going to try to choose to be others-seeking.
tomorrow starts the lenten season, and i am sure many of you are giving something up (i am as well). why not choose to give up fear as well? maybe you feel like you can’t do it for 40 days or even 24 hours, but what kind of limit will you put on God’s power in this situation? even just choosing love over fear in one opportunity tomorrow is a victory.
1 john 1:8- “whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”