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What Is True Love?

“Cheers to a New Year
and another chance
for us to get it right.”

Some say a New Year is a great time for looking backward. For me 2010 is a mix of happiness and regret. Indeed, you may say, “every year will have its ups and downs as well.” But I reckon 2010 is the toughest and most challenging year for yours truly thus far.

Well, the good news is 2010 is almost over – just a matter of hours and we will then have a new calender. Wishfully there will still be another opportunity for me to do better. And with the Grace of God, hopefully over the long run, things will get better and better – making my journey into 2011 much smoother and more pleasant.

As I reflect I reckon we are romantics by design. And I think that it’s probably how God designed us – we crave the sweetness, the emotional tenderness, the physical attraction and lastly the promise of permanency.

You see, romance is something we have been fed in many different ways. Not only has it come through novels and movies, but it comes in songs, magazines, foods and places. And we even have an entire holiday devoted to romance – Valentine’s Day.

Remember how happy you felt when you are with that special someone? And how you felt with all those warm and fuzzy inside you at the thought of growing up together? Indeed, true love takes many forms. But true love is not a romance novel after all. Some say …..

* Love means never having to say you are sorry.

* Nothing gonna change my love for you.

* If love is a concerto. Harmony is true love.

* True love is looking past the physical traits and the surface emotions to really see the person inside.

* True love is giving everything and not holding back because we trust it will be received and reciprocated.

* True love is his or her willingness to overlook your faults and still love you in spite of them.

* And so forth ………………………………..

From hindsight, I accept that true love needs to be based on something more than selfish desire. True love is more than feelings and emotions. It’s more than looks and temperament. And true love to me is now based on the solid truth of God’s Word.

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1Corinthians 13:4-8)

Well, having been through it all, the ups and downs of 2010 and now that we are about to usher in a New Year, it certainly pays to remember each and every one I come across in 2010. As a matter of fact, they have made my life so colorful, interesting and memorable. So …………… “Thank You” fellows for being part of my year in 2010, everyone.

Meanwhile, have a happy and prosperous New Year in 2011.

“What the New Year brings to you
will depend a great deal
on what you bring to the New Year.”

“Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it
with the handle of anxiety
or with the handle of faith.”

“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, therefore is
not an act but a habit.”

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

“The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you’re the pilot.”

“New habits make new horizons.”

“Take hold of the future
or the future will take hold of you
– be futurewise.”

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