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Stop Searching For Love and You'll Find It

Love is like a child. It is happy and carefree; doesn't have boundaries set around age, skin color or finances. True love knows no end and no beginning. It is there before you know it and just as hard to make go away. Love is stronger than hate or fear and can provide the strength to overcome life's insanities. Unfortunately, not everyone has experienced real love. Many are deeply wrapped up in a whirlwind of infatuation which can lead to bad decisions and regret. Others were in love once and hurt so badly that they've gave up on love or worry they'll never find love again. Is he/she out there? Am I destined to be alone? These are some of the depressing, yet understandable questions they have when reflecting upon their sudden loneliness. It is to those people I am speaking to the most.

I have a little story for you. There was an elderly woman who was my neighbor for the 5 years I was at my old house. She was bright-eyed and kind and still very much young in body and mind. I had much respect for this woman. Despite her age 70-80's, she managed to push mow her entire yard front and back despite the oppressive heat during recent years. This was no mere yard. It was a good acre or more long leading into a relaxing creek. I'd watch her from my window, always worried she'd get hurt or have a heart-attack.
Thankfully she didn't and she always had the sense to stop and rest in the chair under her shade tree. Many times I offered to help, but for her she needed the exercise and sense of accomplishment. Her Husband had long passed on and I enjoyed spending time with her and hearing her stories.

One day a new vehicle appeared in he driveway. It began to come often. Turns out, it was her boyfriend. Yes, boyfriend! They'd met at the local center and became fast friends. As I've said, love knows now boundaries regarding age. She'd not planned to meet anyone and would always love her Husband, but love can bite you when you least expect it which is what makes it so great when it does. The point is, despite her age and the fact that she wasn't looking love happened. I see them together very often. They're adorable to watch walking down the street to the local diner holding hands or smiling and laughing. Although they're not getting younger and death could find them, they're living every day with a deep appreciation for the love that found them and the love that could just as quickly be gone. They have the wisdom that comes with age and the understanding of true love not filtered by lust and infatuation of our youth. You might believe that you will never find the one person you are destined to be with...your soul-mate. Let this story give your heart hope to soar on wings and enjoy life's views. Because in the end, you will find love or when you finally stop searching it will find you! Good luck to you all, may love and happiness find you!

I leave you with one of my favorite biblical quotes. [source]

1 Corinthians 13:

 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.