All you need is love -John Lennon
Yea, I don’t think so.
It sounds lovely doesn’t it? But I would like some clarification.
Are we talking marriage, career, life in general? Or is love some magic pill that if we can figure that out, then everything will be ok? And if that is true, what about when life just flat out sucks? Did we just not love enough?
See, we want to believe that all we need is love. It sounds almost… easy. I can’t control love. So, if something doesn’t go my way, I guess it wasn’t my fault.
Clearly, it was my ex-wife’s.
Or is there something more? Something beyond love that we need? I think so.
As important as love is, it takes more than just this one element to be successful in life- in your marriage, in your spiritual life, or in your career.
It takes commitment. Love without commitment is infatuation.Do you love your wife or are you just infatuated with her?
Do you love your God or are you just infatuated with him?
Love without commitment asks the same question every time: “What’s in it for me?”
But that isn’t true love.
Odd thing is, this is completely opposite of what the Bible teaches.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
Being committed to something and putting others first is a completely foreign idea in today’s culture. The real American dream is looking for the BEST thing for ME right NOW, no matter who gets in the way.
We see it in the workforce, in marriage, and even at church.
So, we have to ask ourselves if we are in it for the long haul. Will we put others ahead of ourselves? Are we committed?
Wanna make a difference in this world?