In less than 24 hours, people everywhere will be hatching plans to show love to the special person in their life. Flowers, candy, proposals, and more will be shared on this Valentine’s Day. People will wait in anticipation of who or what might show up at their door to say, “I Love You.” This one day is a sobering reminder that people are searching for love.
If you don’t believe that, check out these stats on book titles from Amazon.com:
- 507,878 book titles about HEAVEN
- 766,921 book titles about GOD
- 884,737 book titles about MONEY
- 922,816 book titles about LOVE
This immense desire to be loved is something I think God intentionally puts inside all of us. It is a need that can only be met by the gracious love of God through Jesus. With a world that is searching so hard to find true love, how can my life point them to Christ? I love the way Bob Goff answers this question in his book, Love Does. A co-worker recently shared about this story and reminded me of the powerful message of the book. After telling the story of a young man proposing to the love of his life, Goff says this:
Ryan’s love was audacious. It was whimsical. It was strategic. Most of all, it was contagious. Watching Ryan lose himself in love reminded me that being “engaged” isn’t just an event that happens when a guy gets on one knee and puts a ring on his true love’s finger. Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving.
It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about— full of abandon, whimsy, and in love. I want to be engaged to life and with life.
I enjoy those parts of the Bible where Jesus talks about how much He loves His bride. It makes me wonder if the trees and mountains and rivers are things He planned in advance, knowing they would wow us. I wonder if God returned over and over to this world He placed us in thinking what He had created was good, but it could be even better, even grander. I wonder if He thought each foggy morning, each soft rain, each field of wildflowers would be a quiet and audacious way to demonstrate His tremendous love for us.