Love. . .the magical word that everyone longs to hear, but has a tough time getting out of their mouths. After dropping off Joy at LAX, I dropped by our bible study finishing up (and by that I mean we still had another couple of hours to go). At the end of the nite, after most people had left, I had a chance to sit down with some of the family and I was awestruck by some of the things I heard, and on my way from bible study, I thought I would put some thoughts together. Here they are in all their glory.
The battle between quantity and quality has always been the question when it comes down to LOVE. How much time should I spend with my loved ones, whether it be family, friends, or significant others? Well, I don't have the answer to that question, but I can tell you that. . .growing up in a house where the words "I love you" were freely given was huge in my development.
Growing up, mom would drop us and pick us up from school. There were Fridays where we would get out of school early and we would go to Arby's and have curly fries & an Oreo Polar Swirl – these were great times. It was just some time, not a lot, but it was quality. As we got older, life has given us our own jobs, our own relationships, and we have to work much harder for the quantity of time, BUT the quality has not suffered.
When you look at a family dynamic or even a relationship, I want my minutes to count for something. I want to be fully present, I want to invest in the other people, I want them to know how much I value and appreciate them, and in some cases how much "I love them". I don't always tell them "I love them", but I hope by my actions, they know how much I care. Caring can be a hug, a kiss, a pat on the back, lunch, dinner or whatever – it doesn't have to cost anything except your time – and that is a price worth giving.
When life comes to an end, people won't care how much money you left (okay, some may), but if you leave them with love, that is something that money can never buy!
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