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Sometimes Words Are Not Enough: When Loving Others Requires Us To Get Messy

Love is such a messy thing…

I’ve been incredibly difficult to love, yet I have never been unloved. Through the years battling anxiety, depression, failure, and discouragement, I have not been able to push God away. In fact, even my family and a few close friends have stood by my side through it all.

We have never been unloved…

God’s love is constant, but sometimes we need another human being to remind us that we still matter in the mess of life.

One of my all-time favorite films is “Good Will Hunting” with Matt Damon and Robin Williams. I don’t have time to give you the entire breakdown, but let’s just say it’s a film about someone else loving another person who has lost their way. We watch Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) mentor and love the brilliant, yet rebellious Will Hunting, as patience, grace, and love are poured out throughout the film. Maybe that’s why it resonates with so many people…We all crave love that sees through our brokenness, our cracks, and our rough exterior.

This isn’t just about you; this isn’t just about me. There are so many people we interact with on a daily basis who need to be loved in their mess, although they would never tell us with words. They need you and they need me, but words are not always enough. Sometimes, a loving embrace, a listening ear, a generous gift, and an act of service will cut to the heart faster than a mere word of encouragement. Words of kindness are still wonderful, but imagine a word of kindness in combination with action…Wow! That can be incredibly powerful!

Love is messy. Love is beautiful. The one thing love cannot be is our convenience taking precedence over another’s need to know that they matter.

“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.” – D.L. Moody

Love is a “little thing”, but it is also the greatest thing we can offer to one another.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 

Are you willing to get messy?