C.S Lewis (via blendinglife)
Love—platonic and romantic—is messy. There’s no escaping it. You might as well roll up your sleeves and dive right in.
We can keep our walls up all we want, protecting our emotions and pride. Ultimately love, the real love that means anything, REQUIRES risk. It’s a beautiful and selfless thing, to pour out what you have for someone and expect nothing back. Even more so, you lie on a cold, stainless steel operating table, with your chest naked, skin pinned back, heart exposed. The scalpels and knives are laid out on a tray—anything could happen. A few of the other test mice have been lucky, scoring close to 100%, but most of us have to learn in ways that involve a bit of cutting.
The fact that we can’t be sure of the outcome will never go away because love requires trust and faith. We can’t be sure if someone will love us back the same amount or even in the same way. We can be sure though, that no matter what, we will grow every day and learn to love better and better as long as that is our choice. With every friendship or relationship that doesn’t go as we planned, and even the ones that blossom, we build our “heart muscles” to love the next people that come along. We don’t expect to not get hurt anymore, but we can expect to love more fully and deeply with each day. And how beautiful would it be to look back and say we gave it everything we had?
2. When I say yes to one thing, I say no to everything else.
3. The Father has a love that only gives everything.
4. Let it be said of me that the last few days with Him have been the very best.
5. Let’s begin to explore the repercussions of replacing these three words: prayer, intimacy and worship, with these words: talking to God.
6. Anyone who gets up here [the pulpit] on a Sunday morning as if they have arrived is probably lying.”
Pastor Nathan Smith