Love, Defined, in 6 Words

I recently read a quote that has stayed lodged in my heart and will not leave. The quote, by L. R. Knost, is:

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

I love the entire quote but the words that grabbed my heart are…..

“So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.”

What an incredible definition of love.

To love intentionally….. to love on purpose….. to set your mind to it….. to actively love those around you.

To love extravagantly….. to be generous….. to be wildly alive. The opposite of extravagant is frugal, thrifty, sparing. I do not want to be a woman who slowly doles out love in small amounts…. to be frugal with the love I can offer. Instead, I want to be a woman who offers love in abundance….. to be so filled with love that it is always overflowing from my heart.

To love unconditionally ….. to love completely and unreservedly….. no matter what.

Confession time—I stumble here.

There have been times where family members or friends have said or done something that hurt me or, more often, it has been when they did not say something or did not do something—times where I have felt unappreciated or forgotten or left out. It is during those moments that anger and pain arises deep from inside me and I want to pull away. I begin building walls.

Yet….. the love defined by her first two words, intentionally and extravagantly, is made complete by the third word….. being willing to love unconditionally. It is this unique combination of words that truly defines love in its purest and most joyous form.

That is the kind of love I want to have.

So now what?  The question for me becomes—How can I take these three words that define love and put them into action?

I think the clue is found in the phrase: “So go.”

This simple two-word phrase….. “So go”….. challenges and inspires me. It is proactive…. filled with energy.  “So go” says to quit living in the lukewarm comfort of day-to-day sameness—and look for times when I can share love….. whether it is by offering an encouraging word or a simple act of kindness.

“So go” tells me to leave my world of solitude and be engaged with others…. to not stay behind the walls I build….. but to tear them down.

So what about you? In your day to day life with those you love….. which word (intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally) would you struggle with?  Is her definition of love one you would like to be a part of your life? And if your answer is yes, what are you willing to do about it?

“So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally”.

 You never know what changes this may bring into your life…………….


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4 thoughts on “Love, Defined, in 6 Words

  1. I love to read your blogs. Very true and meaningful. Always something to think about and learn from. Joy Williams

    • Joy–thank you. It is my hope that my struggles and challenges as well as my successes will help someone else in small way as they deal with life. Have a great week! jfh

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