Love: Life Wisdom for Navigation
by Cinnamon Lynn
Life can be difficult to navigate, especially when hard times hit. If we only had the answers to all the hard questions, or the ability to blink, removing ourselves instantly from harm's way? But we don't. More often than not, we are found in the midst of hardship.
I have been in so many circumstances in my life that have left my mind racing and my heart skipping beats. When it comes down to it, sometimes we sit alone as we search for a strength to conquer fears, accept death, change our ways or forgive the people who broke our heart.
I mess up every day and find myself with my foot in my mouth more often than I would like to admit. All I can do is grow, apologize, humble my heart and remember the map of navigating life that God has given us.
Love: Life Wisdom for Navigation - YEP! It's from the bible.
1. Love...Love...Love is everything you need to navigate this world.
Love! Love! John Lennon had it right when he wrote, "All you need is love." We really shouldn't navigate without it. (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.)
We can find most religions, inspirational quotes, even books, have been completely devoted to the single act of Love.
Love comes in many forms ranging from plutonic to environmental. The power of love is unexplainable. The simple act of an endearing compliment, to sharing your new creation of desserts with a special friend can blossom the most healing power of love within an individual.
Today I walked into my dear friend's coffee shop and was showered with the most beautiful compliments as well as being treated to a delectable mousse cheesecake. They didn't know my week has been heavy with a burden and their demonstration of love through friendship healed my heart and lightened my load.
Don't let anyone tell you that "No one can walk around with too much joy." If you look for goodness and love in all you do, you will find it. Many people have been trained to focus on the negative and have forgotten to see the goodness. Through love, and listening deeply with our hearts, we can give joy and hope back to those who have misplaced it. Those individuals may have been hurt and a fence of fear has been hammered into the ground and sharp wire has been strung around their trust.
Do you remember climbing through a bobbed wire fence as a kid? A back pocket would always snag on the wire and rip your jeans. But getting through to run across an open hay field was worth the rip.
When someone lashes out at you remember it's mostly in protection. Look through their sharp bobbed wire and only view the joy of the open field. With all sincerity, love them back with words and kind gestures. Sincerely, offer them your hand and help them through that fence so that they also can run through the field and find joy, hope, and love in their life again. (Romans 12:9-13 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Practice hospitality.)
It is so tempting to lash back at those in pain but try to remind yourself that maybe they have forgotten how to love. It really is amazing how one simple loving word or gesture can start a healing of grand proportions. It's really quite spectacular...a miracle one might proclaim. (Romans 12: 13 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. )
Open your heart to the unexpected world of LOVE. You may just move a mountain or two!