We were given language to use it for beauty.
We congregated at Babel and were struck with this gift, this curse… we were struck with a miracle:
because suddenly, we were given a basis on which to build new cultures. We were given semantics and pragmatics, sounds and cues, meanings and emphases, all of which could provide effective communication, expression…
we could give tangible entities and audible form. We could paint landscapes and stories in the crooks of an ear. We could give some kind of definition to the feelings and thoughts that swirled within our chest.
Beautiful. That curse, that gift, was beautiful.
Yet we’ve failed at its usage,
for at its core, the gift was not for the glorification of self, but for the audible and cultural display of One untouched. We were to become the water on the Earth that reflected His character: namely, when all else is summarized,
We were to use the diversity and colors to express the meaning of Love.
You could read all of His letters and know that love is not a simple concept. It is messy, uncomfortable, awe-inspiring and all-consuming. It amazes and transforms. It is, for lack of better word, incredible.
Yet we “love” everything now.
“I love pizza.” “I love that chair!” “I love my car.” “I love you.”
When it is convenient.
An unlimited array of words and potential for words, yet the best we could do to define it was:
“An intense feeling of deep affection.”
A stronger form of fondness.
But Love was not meant to be reduced to the description of the hormones and desires that swirl inside of us. It was not meant to describe the temporary things that bring smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts. It was not meant to describe us, but what we are willing to do.
“I love you.”
I present God to you.
It means that you have nothing of your own capability that can express the worth, value, and significance of your sister or brother human being. It means that no matter what you do, you could never do enough or think enough good thoughts to treat them the way they deserve to be treated. It means that there is only One who can be everything…
and when you find a person for whom you would like to give everything….
when you run into a stranger who feels a deep sense of lack, and you wish to supplement and overwhelm their gaps with abundance, goodness, grace, and mercy,
when you realize that this world is not enough for someone, and wish to offer them more, you can say: “I love you.”
I present God to you.
“Here! Have this river of satisfying water, this fountain that will never run dry.” (Isaiah 58:11, John 4:14)
“Here! Take everything I can never give you. Take something that goes beyond the emotions, the feelings, the arguments, the disappointments. Take this constant source, for I can never be constant for you.”
And this statement means sacrifice. It means that only through God, and only with His will and mindset can you learn how to give of yourself for another’s benefit. It means that the thoughts and ideas He contrives will be bigger than you, harder to enact than you can promise, grander and more satisfying than anything you can give.
I present God to you, friend.
I present God to you, my love.
I want to follow His example and lay down my life for you.
I have nothing greater to offer you than He who is everything to me.
How would that change the way we use the word “Love”?