"so there's this boy, Grace, and - and I kind of like him. what do you think?"
"what do I think, eh? well, let's see. love is patient."
"oh! I've been patient. I have been liking him for three months now, but have not told him this. I'm waiting for the right time and have determined to wait, which takes patience, right?"
"love is kind, though."
"he's nice and kind and gentle. he definitely has qualities I like to see in a guy."
"but lastly, love never fails."
how long does a relationship last? a week? a month? a year or two?
is this truly what God intended love to be? one day giving your heart to someone, to be trampled in the mud the next.
is love just a status? merely an announcement to the world that "you're okay." you are going to make the status quo, because you are hanging onto another man's arm. only then to be changed to "single" again and again.
is love a selfish want of affection? for your "true love" fondle you with attention, and jealousy overcomes the relationship if the other has "feelings" for another person.
is love truly suppose to hurt? for your heart to be shattered into pieces, over and over, again before "Mr. Right" comes along.
my answer is no. because...
love suffers long and is kind. love does not envy. love does not behave itself rudely. love is not puffed up. love does not seek its own. love rejoices in the truth. love bears all things. love endures all things. and love never ever EVER fails.
to-day's love is defined as a mere status, a wavering feeling.
true love is a commitment. it takes time to be grown into a relationship. it is unselfish, self-sacrificing, and endures all things. and it waits patiently.
the keeper of the garden.
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