"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor. 13:13)
I was 22 years old, sitting on my
Mom’s couch, waiting for the kinks in my back to ease up.
A lack of work and
money had forced me, my wife, and our baby boy to move back in with my
parents. We were all cramped together in my old bedroom and I was
feeling down. Thankfully, I had found one new job: helping my son learn
how to walk. He had already gone from creeping to crawling, and had
started to pull himself up too. Anytime he took a few steps, however, he
would stumble, fall on his tush, and cry. I had taken then to bending
over and holding his hand while he walked along and my back wasn’t
handling it too well.
As I sat there with
my eyes closed rubbing my sore muscles I suddenly heard my Mom whisper:
“Joe look!” I opened my eyes and watched my son grab the edge of the
coffee table, pull himself up, and smile. Next with a giggle he started
walking around it, keeping his hands on it for balance. Finally, when he
reached the end of it he took two big steps and made it to the wall. He
smiled at us again and then started walking down the hall with his hands
balancing on the wall the whole way. I laughed, clapped, and cheered.
Suddenly, being unemployed wasn’t so bad, because my boy had learned to
walk. It wasn’t long either before I was losing weight chasing after him
in the front yard while his little legs ran as fast as they could.
Learning to love in
this world is a lot like first learning to walk. We far too often fall
on our butts and cry. Yet, our Heavenly Father is always ready to take
our hand and walk with us while we try again. His love, guidance, and
protection are always with us too even after we find our own feet, even
when we start to walk on our own, and even if we run away from Him.
Don’t be afraid to step out boldly and love then. Don’t be afraid to
fall. God loves you and will always be there to help you to love and to
walk with you into eternity.
By: Joseph J.