I’ve had an opportunity to make new friends and renew old friendships in the past few months with lots of travel. I asked one friend who I’ve known for over 30 years if she thought she would remarry. Her response, “I’m not sure about marrying again but I’d like to be in love at least one more time in my life.” A few weeks later, a new friend told me about a recent relationship and declared, “I’m at my best when I’m in love.”
Both friends are 50+ and have had many good and bad relationships. I was interested that in both cases, they weren’t longing for people to fall in love with them, but instead their focus was on how they felt about other people.
When we love someone, we lose our self-centeredness and care more about the other person. It often translates into a happy glow that casts a wide net where we become “loving” to everyone around us. Our focus is on pleasing our new love and the people who they love.
I can relate to the sentiments of my two friends. It is when I fell “in love” with Jesus eight years ago that my life changed. I quit caring so much about myself and my focus shifted outward towards loving God, and the people that he brings into my life.
I don’t know if I’ll every remarry either, but I do know what the warm glow feels like when I’m in love.
Blessings that you’ll find your love in Jesus Christ, and all your other relationships will flow from your first love.