“Give me the love that leads the way…” — Amy Carmichael
I do not think our modern society gives love enough credit. We too often consider love as a a feeling, not a reality. We focus disproportionately on the by-products of love, not love itself. We avoid at all costs having to admit a need for love or admit that we are unloving.
“Love that leads the way” is a revolutionary idea. It would require someone to go first and strike out on his own, whether anyone follows him or not. It would require things that are not normal.
It isn’t normal to love people who hate you. But it’s a victory because you prove that they cannot make you hate them in return.
It isn’t normal to love people who hurt you, intentionally or otherwise. But the truth is, we’ve been loved abundantly despite all the pain we’ve caused.
It isn’t normal to love people who just don’t care. But you have no right to deny love, whether it’s accepted or not.
It isn’t normal to love people who are out there stealing your glory or living your dreams. But love looks past the actions and focuses on the person in need.
It isn’t normal to love people who betray you and stab you in the back. But when love says “no matter what,” it means “no matter what.” In the end, love is always the winner.
It isn’t normal to love people when your own heart is broken. But love looks for the neighbor in the most need.
“Normal” is overrated, but love is undervalued. Fill your heart with love that isn’t normal … love that leads the way.