Love, such a short little word—but let’s face it, we have such a tremendously difficult time understanding it. Doing some studying recently I went to the dictionary, as I am often prone to do, and discovered that my dictionary of choice had twenty-eight different definitions for love. I found all of them to be sorely inadequate. I want to spend the next few days looking at this wonderful little word.
Rather than just diving straight off into the grandiose theological implications inferred by the word love, let’s just think about a few examples of what our society considers love. We have holidays based on loving things, relationships, family members, and hobbies. There are huge corporations designed around the promise of connecting people to love. In America we tailor our lifestyle, including routines, possessions, wardrobe, religion, and friends to the thing(s) we love.
Waylon Jennings summed it up pretty good, “I’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places.”