So at tots we thought about love. Someone once said to me that love is a verb(so I had to double check with my year 2 exactly what a verb is)…a “doing” word!
Thing is we talk about love as though it’s a feeling – the problem with feelings is that well, at worst they can lie but often they’re just simply unreliable…dependant on the amount of sleep had or food eaten or the last interaction experienced. We carry so many feelings into any given moments it’s sometimes hard to know how we really feel!
But if love is a verb then the feelings involved actually become less significant, there’s an awesome bit of bible, often read a weddings…
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
They’re all active doing descriptions, patient, kind, hopeful, trusting…they all require something of us, something we do not just feel and something we do, not just for others but for ourselves too(the bible also talks about loving our neighbour as ourselves!)
So if we really thought love was a verb could it change how we live?!