When I say thank you and what it really means…
- For what you just did
- For what you’ve always done
- For what you’ve taught me
- For what you’ve shown me
- For showing up
- For listening
- For sharing your own stuff
- For your forgiveness and willingness to keep loving
- For not leaving
- For leaving when I need you to
- For coming back
- For letting me leave when I need to
- For the money you’ve spent
- For the money you’ve saved
- For reaching out
- For loving my kids
- For your prayers
- For driving
- For cooking
- For not just letting, but wanting me to be me, good days and bad
- For holding my hand and always wanting hugs
- For enjoying your time with me
- For letting me sleep
- For planning to make more memories
- For this weekend
- For next weekend
- For each random weekday, day in and out
- For a heart to love us all like Jesus
I was talking to a friend earlier this week about what it means to be truly loved by someone and why that can be hard to receive or believe. For someone to truly love you, they need to know you. All of you. That’s terrifying. Once they truly know, what is there to love? We may be inclined to think.
To me, that’s why it’s also easier to sing “Jesus loves me, this I know” than to really take to heart that it’s true. But, it is. NO ONE knows you more or loves you more than Jesus. No one. Not your mom, dad, husband, or child. Not your best friend from 6th grade or your beloved college roommate.
Sometimes I scratch my head at how I could be loved in all my frustrated and over thinking ways. But, Jesus not only does, he made and loves me this way. He knows each and every flaw and insecurity. He knows why we have them and He knows that we need Him.
To be with a man who sees you at your weakest, your sickest, your most tired and most scattered, and views you in love is God’s plan for marriage. Can he admire you dolled up and respect you worn out? Can he open your door and shut out negativity? Can he make you smile and break out of routine? Does he agree on the big stuff and disagree respectfully on the others?
Can you be honest enough for him to know you? It’s the only way he can love the real you. After all, that’s what we truly want.
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” — Timothy Keller