When I think of the word ‘love’, it’s easy for me to automatically think of romantic relationships. It’s easy to think of finding the perfect guy and falling in love and making the big gestures, etc. My brain just seems to start thinking of romance without my consciously making that choice.
However, I think sometimes I forget to be thankful for the other loving relationships I have. Don’t get me wrong, it would be great to have that special someone in my life right now, but for the time being, I should shift my focus to the absolutely amazing relationships I do have. I have an amazing family. I have fantastic friends, ones I know I could call at 2am if I needed help and they would be there. I even have adorable family dogs who never fail to make me smile. Most of all, I have a God who is absolutely crazy about me, who loved me so much that He sent His own Son to die for me. But it’s not just that I have all these people (and dogs) that love me, but I also get the opportunity to love them. I get the opportunity to be there for them, to show them that I care. And I think that is something that I really do forget to be thankful for.
Matthew 22: 37-39 notes that the greatest two commandments are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and to “Love your neighbor as yourself”. I am so incredibly grateful for a relationship with an amazing God who not only loves me, but whom I can also love, not just worship, and relationships with others to whom I can also show love. In this season of thankfulness, I need to take the time to truly be grateful for the relationships that present me with an opportunity to love others.