Then I saw her face,
now I’m a believer.
not a trace
of doubt in my mind
I’m in love,
I’m a believer, I couldn’t leave her
if I tried
What makes me want to believe? Love.
Love is one of the strongest of emotions and the greatest feeling you can have towards another. Now, the Monkees are talking about a romantic kind of love, but I am referring to a universal love. The love you feel towards the earth, humanity, people in general. I realize that it is very difficult to love, especially when you’ve been hurt. Sometimes it feels like there are those out there who do not deserve our love and compassion. However, God calls us to love one another, no matter what. We are called to love sacrificially and unconditionally, and above all – selflessly.
I thought love was more or less a giving thing,
the more I gave the less I got,
what’s the use of trying?
All you get is pain.
When I wanted sunshine I got rain.
I’ve felt this way before. I felt like I poured myself out until I was empty, receiving nothing in return. I give and I give, and others take and they take. After awhile, you begin to feel like you deserve something in return. But that is not the case. While I do not promote being a doormat and giving people what they want to the point where it is harmful for yourself, true love and compassion is sacrifice and selflessness. Sometimes, in order to lift someone else up, we must lay ourselves down. It isn’t fun and it isn’t what we want to do. But in the end, we will be rewarded in some way or another.
Consider the ones who have sacrificed their wants for our well being. Don’t they inspire you? Wouldn’t you like to be more like them?
Love and friendship. They are what make us who we are, and what can change us, if we let them
– Emily Giffin
Will you be a believer?