“To improve is to change. To be perfect is to have changed a lot.” ~ Winston Churchill.
Love is all you need!" - Paul M. & John L.
Both The Beatles and Churchill are right! And both are Brits...hmmm.
I remember the amazing feeling of falling in love with Peter. Our late night talks. Frisbee in the park. Singing in the car. Cuddling on the couch. Valentines Day surprises. Meeting each others families. We wanted to spend all our time together.
One evening, after enjoying Chicken Almondine at our favorite Kensington restaurant, two elderly ladies called out to us as we were leaving. Our coats had been totally forgotten. I dreamily came back to pick them up and overheard one lady saying to the other, "Don't mind them dear, they're in love!"
I was in a 'love bubble' for months and even though I had CFS at the time and it was still undiagnosed, the fear was just not there. But those bubbles don't last forever (unfortunately). And perfect love is something found in God alone. The Bible says, "There is no fear in love, perfect love cast out fear." So how can I come to understand the depth of this so it totally changes me?
Enter Wendy. We've been friends since we were 10 (almost 40 years now). Even though we live over 2000 km apart, there is a bond between us that compresses this distance. One of our traditions is to share 'personal goals' on New Year's Day. As I was telling Wendy about my desire to understand God's love better this year, I reminded her of our Sunday School days at Clearbrook M.B. When we were about 12 years old, we had a scripture memory challenge that showed our true competitive natures. Amazingly, both Wendy and I memorized the same number of verses (50) and won cross necklaces (I still have mine). I thought it might be a great idea to get our aging minds in shape again and threw down the gauntlet. She immediately picked it up. So, 50 verses on love (we each pick 25), memorizing one a week (with two weeks off).
Now I recognize this discipline is important and am reminded of Bruce Lee who said, "As you think, so shall you become." But this is seriously tough. As I've been working on the first verse this week, I realize I have acquired a new dysfunction - MFB (Mush For Brains). I haven't attempted anything like this since university when I spent hours memorizing my biology texts.
So I'm going to soak myself in perfect love for a year and see if any of it permeates my thick skin.
"The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love." ~ Mother Teresa