2014-06-25 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Who or what do you love?
By Larry G. Spence

I was lying in bed last night wondering what to write about this week and the thought came to mind, “write about love.” Now I know where it came from but I had no idea what He wanted me to say, but I’m going to try. Love is a word that is tossed around quite a bit in our everyday lives. When you first think of love you think probably of two people being in love. Sometimes that is true and sometimes they are “just in like.” They have no idea what love consists of or how to show love to another. Usually after the young man gets what he wants, they are not even an item anymore.

Sometimes love is mentioned in regards not to a person, but to a thing. “I just love that car, I must have it.” Or, “I just love those shoes, and they are on sale.” Really? Love? I might like a pair of boots, but I don’t love them. The word love is too easily used these days and we probably don’t even realize our abuse of the word. If you want to read a good definition of love check out First Corinthians chapter 13, commonly known as “the love chapter.” We love our family and rightfully so, we love our jobs. In my case I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve others, to be able at times to make a difference in someone’s life. That’s not only a love for your job, but also a love for people, especially those not related to you. Most of the time it’s easy to love family, but to love others, es- pecially those who may not really care for you is a special gift.

I don’t love diets, but I’m happy that I finally took a good look at myself and started doing something about the way I looked and felt. I don’t love the food I’m allowed to eat and I miss the good stuff I’m not allowed to eat, but I love the fact that because of all this, I’m 20 pounds lighter now and I’ve started a small exercise program that has me feeling better physically, and emotionally. More than anything else in my life at this particular time in my life, I love my relationship with my Heavenly Father. He, through his love for me, and what His Son, Jesus Christ did on the cross for me, fills me with all kinds of love for Him, for people, and for life in general.

This is not supposed to be all about me. What about you? What do you love? Who do you love? Is it truly love? As we get older, and I don’t know why it takes so long, we look differently at life and at people in our life. We stop and smell the roses, so to speak and we realize that life is just a whisper, and then it’s gone. So, we try to make the most of the time we have left by giving our attention to “the really important things and people in our lives.” I urge you to try it. Share you sincere love with someone this week, perhaps someone you don’t even know You’ll be glad you did.

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