Love does not have an expiration date. Love is not a game where some win and some lose. Love is not a contest where only a few get the prize.

“Every ordinary thing in your life is a word of God’s love: your home, your work, the clothes you wear, the air you breathe, the food you eat, the friends you delight in, the flowers under your feet are the courtesy of God’s heart flung down on you! All these things say one thing only: ‘See how I love you.’” (Caryll Houselander)

Now take that perspective into your own life experience and run with it!

Look at whatever you do to make a living for your family. Reflect on how all those things are ways you fling your heart down around them, ways you are saying, “See how I love you.”

Don’t count the shortcomings here or the mistakes. Don’t focus on how much better all this could be. True love doesn’t keep score. Simply look at the reality of what you can do now, what you can give now, and accept that as your way of loving at this time in your life.

Remember to take time for yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, and read. Relax, play, and laugh a lot. Draw, sing, and dance. Go for long walks, ride horses, and ski. All these are ways to love yourself. And when you love yourself, you allow even more of God’s heart to come to you and through you.

In all things, be gentle with yourself and others. At the end of the day, may your best memories be those of giving a helping hand, a kind word or a listening heart. At the beginning of the day, may your first thought and simple prayer be one of gratitude as you hear the heart of God say to you, “See how I love you.”

How are you living your life to help insure that love is going to be around for a long time to come? Drop a line in the response box below (or click on the comment link in Facebook) and share your thoughts with us.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Janice M. Puta
Author of Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker
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