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April 23, 2009

The Best Expression of Love is TIME

I have been reading a lot lately, like The Countess below the Stairs authored by Eva Ibbotson and from whirlwind romance I shifted to a spiritual self help book of which I'm currently reading the Purpose Driven Life of the famous author Mr. Rick Warren # 1 new york times bestseller. As I was leafing through the pages, I found this topic about LOVE and find it right in fact I read this again and again because I for one experienced this just recently. So here it goes...

The best use of life is love, love should be your top priority, primary objective and greatest ambition. Love is not a good part of your life but the MOST important part. Relationships must have priority in your life above everything else, why? because life without love is worthless. Relationships is not just a part of our lives along with many other task but it is what life is all about (according to god).

Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things are what matters most in life. So why do we allow our relationships to get the short end of the stick? When our schedules become overloaded, we start skimming relationally,cutting back on giving the time, energy and attention that loving relationships require. Whats most important to God is displace by what is urgent.

Busyness is a great enemy of relationships. We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point in life. They are not. The point of life is learning to love god and people. Love will last forever and it leaves a lasting heritage.

The importance of things can be measured by how much time we are willing to invest in them. The more time you give to something, the more you reveal its importance and value to you. (read this closely) If you want to know a person's priorities, just look at how they use their time.

Time is our most precious gift because we only have a set amount of it.We can make more money but we cant make more time. When we give someone our time, its the same thing as giving them a portion of our life that we will never get back. Our time is our life, that is why the greatest gift we can give someone is our time.

Its not enough when we say relationships are important, we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. Relationships takes time effort and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E. The essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves. The most desired gift of love is focused attention. Love concentrates so intently on another that we forget our self at that moment. When we give our most precious asset-our time,its the same thing as making sacrifice for we value the person and that is basically the essence of love.

We cannot give without loving, but we cannot love without giving "god so love the world and he gave..." Love means giving up- yielding our preferences, comfort, goals, security, money, energy, or time for the benefit of someone else.

When is the best time to love? " Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, use every chance you have for doing good, whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it, never tell your neighbor to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now". So the answer to the question above is NOW, because we don't know how long will we have the opportunity. Circumstances change, people die, children grow up and we have no guarantee of tomorrow. If we want to express love, we'd better do it NOW.

In a nutshell, the best use of life is LOVE. The best expression of love is TIME. The best time to love is NOW.

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