Annddd once again I have fallen behind posting on this blog. *facepalm* Oh well, what happens happens, and there’s always a chance to try again. :)
Today I’m coming out of hibernation to do a Word of the Month post. In honor of Valentine’s Day, February’s Word of the Month is…
The universal symbol of love is a heart, and since Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, you’ve probably been seeing a lot of hearts. But why is this? Why is the heart so closely associated with love? There are several different explanations for this, but this is why I believe that the heart is the symbol of love:
If you’ve studied the human anatomy at all, you probably know that the heart is what keeps your body going 24/7. The main job of the heart is to pump blood through your circulatory system, which supplies oxygen and other supplements to your tissues. Without these essential nutrients, your tissues will die. As strange as it may seem, humans are the same way. Like the tissues in your body, people need something to keep them going, to keep them strong. That something is love.
Think about it – when you show love to people (through an act of kindness or a compliment, for example), it makes them feel good. It makes them feel noticed, important, and special. It gives the person a little more energy, a little more strength, little more happiness. It gives the person love. In these cases, you are the heart giving life to the tissue – not through blood, but through love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (NIV) We can say and do kind things for others, but if they don’t come from the heart, they mean nothing. If we don’t do things with a good heart and mindset, they are worthless not only to the person receiving them, but also to God. He wants us to love others as He first loved us, and for all our thoughtful actions and words to come from the heart, not just from obligation. He wants us, like the heart, to give life to others through His love. Because that’s what the heart is for.
So this month, I’m going to be focusing on loving from my heart, whether that’s giving a stranger a compliment, helping my little brother with a project, or just listening to a friend. I encourage you to do the same, and love as He first loved us – unconditionally and wholeheartedly.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next Monday! :D