Depreciation

Google defines depreciation as “a reduction in the value of an asset over time, due in particular to wear and tear” (Google.com). I thought about this word when last week, I walked into the hospital cafeteria and realized–to my own amazement–that I no longer view this cafeteria as the stunning place that it once were when I first set foot in it, about two months before. The polished red chairs and marble-like tables no longer appeal to me; the papier-mâché decorations hanging from the ceiling have lost their glow (in my eyes at least). I felt that way and I hated it.

…but that is not the worst part…the worst part is that we sometimes treat people–especially those we love–like cars or houses that depreciate over time. It’s like when they [those people]  first come into our lives, we think that they are the best thing since HDTV. We love them, we admire them and in our eyes they can do no wrong. And as time passes by, we forget to keep on appreciating them day in and day out; and that we do not do consciously. We sometimes become so used, so attached, so comfortable with them that we start taking them for granted. We begin to believe that they are always going to be around, that we can always make up for lost time, we forget to keep on loving them, and this is where we are wrong. We don’t mean to stop appreciating them, we just forget to keep on doing it.

People are not like objects that come with a price tag and thus decrease in value over time. No. We are more than that…GOD THINKS SO! WE ARE WORTH A LIFE, THE LIFE OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON JESUS CHRIST.

We ought to treat the people that God has placed in our lives with care and diligence and love for as long as we live, much more than we do with the things that we purchase with money. I understand that some days it might be hard to love, but we can’t let those temporary feelings obstruct our deep love and appreciation for those people who are dear to our hearts.

And it starts with the little things, like saying, “Thank you! Please, I love you, I appreciate you, I’m praying for you…” And it ought to stay with the little things, for they are the building blocks of long-lasting relationships. These little things will keep us from looking at our loved ones like assets which lose their value over time…

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O Yah!

O Yah Your Word is golden;

Your ways are impeccable,

Your statutes, they are altogether righteous,

Your wisdom, none can fathom.

 

O Yah Your love is immeasurable;

Your patience is incomparable,

Your precepts are forever holy,

Your justice is perfect.

 

O Yah You have no equal;

Your righteousness is higher than the highest heavens,

Your laws are life-giving,

Your commandments are better than life itself.

 

O Yah You have no rival;

None can compare to You,

You are the Pillar of my life,

Apart from You, I am NOTHING.

 

O Yah may Your holy Name be forever praised!

May Your kingdom come, Your will be done!

 

Broken Hearts

How do you count broken hearts?

Is it by the number of times it has been used, misused, and abused?

How do you count broken hearts?

Is it by the many mishaps and misfortunes and mistakes?

How do you count broken hearts?

Is it by the countless times it was given away but never taken?

But, how do you count broken hearts?

Is it by the many occasions it was received but got trampled underfoot?

How do you count broken hearts though?

Is it by the many pieces it was broken into or

the number of times it was punctured and violated?

But, how do you count broken hearts?

 

The heart is so fragile, we’re so fragile;

I’m as fragile as an egg.

 

But my God has been good!

He has been putting me together piece by piece.

He has never broken my heart, He never will.

He has a proven record!

You can always trust your heart to His care.

You don’t have to count broken hearts,

You just have to pick it up and start back up.

Truth & Love

Two things that are as rare as diamond in this world. Sometimes, you wonder where does one begin and the other ends. Truth and love are like siamese twins; like two paints that a painter mixes in order to create a beautiful painting; each one disappears into the other. Truth cannot exist apart from love and neither can love exists apart from truth. You cannot take hold of one and not grab the other. They work in concert with one another.

If you care deeply about someone, in other words, you love that person; then you have an obligation to be truthful to that person because that is how love operates. Yet, we’ve been told over and over that the truth hurts; does it really? Jesus says, “And you will shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 KJV). Is there pain in freedom? Yes. History taught us that. All the revolutions and wars that were ever fought in the name of freedom came with a huge price tag. These brave souls give their all for freedom, for truth. They wanted to be set free because they have found the truth. Truth is like a sneeze, no matter how hard you try to suppress it, it will come out. Once you know the truth, you cannot help but to pry the chains of lies and deception and oppression free/loose.

The truth hurts at first, but then it will always perform the necessary healing that the soul needs. My dear readers, be truthful in love, be loving in the truth so that you can be free, so that you can set someone else free.

 

My First Love

The time doesn’t matter,

Age is of no importance.

What matters is that

We love(d) each other:

We love(d) the only way we knew how.

He did his best, I did even better.

We love(d) until the times change,

The circumstances became different,

And we fell apart;

I fell first.

I fell first because I love(d) best,

I love(d) strongest, purest, I did my best.

Love never change, but people do.

A New Dream

The world doesn’t have space for our love;

No, it doesn’t allocate a spot for us

To plant our love.

The world doesn’t give us a place to cultivate our love;

To grow it, prune it, harvest it

And reap the crops thereof.

The world is too cruel for our

Love, too bitterly unfair.

 

Thus, I must dream a new dream;

We must dream a new dream:

One without you, without me.

A dream where there’s nothing but space in a world where

we can love freely, liberally, though separately.

We must dream a new dream where

we can give the love that we couldn’t, shouldn’t keep for ourselves.

A Kind of Love

There is a kind of love that the ancients used to love with:

It was fierce, strong, very powerful.

The ancients loved freely, lovingly.

They gave love ALL that they’ve got.

This is the kind of love my grandparents loved with.

I’ve seen my grandmother loving

Each one of her children with this kind of love.

It is this kind of love that I want to love with:

It is free, it is kind, it is fierce.

I want to give love ALL that I’ve got.

I want to be loved with this kind of love.

Will you love with this kind of love?

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A very wise woman once told me, “Love is epidemic, but hatred is isolationist! It takes a special heart to give love unconditionally, and an evil heart to invest time in delusions, chaos and atrocities.”

There is a kind of love that you must thrive to love with. The kind of love that is ready to put it ALL on the line, to forsake anything that does not call itself love, and to pursue love as the ONLY thing that truly matters. You have to give love all that you’ve got.

This kind of love seems archaic now, but it needs a great awakening. The times are dire. There are hearts out there that are breaking, and falling apart piece by piece with no one to put them back together. Those hearts are crying out, “I am weak, I have no strength to call my own!”

Will you hear these broken hearts out? Will you love them with the ancient kind of love? Will you make the final decision to give love all that you’ve got?

I have given love all that I’ve got, all that is in me, and so much more. I have so much love to give, much more than I expect in return. I made a covenant with my heart to love with all of me and nothing less.

I will leave you with these encouraging words from a dearest friend, “Pick your heart up and trust that God will send someone who will permanently glue your heart back together.”

Giving Love a Chance

You are being too hard on yourself, you are being too hard on love. Will you give love a chance? Sometimes, we are quick to say, “I am done with love; love has hurt me, love has deceived me, love has failed me…”

But that is NOT so. Love has never hurt anyone; people hurt people, but not so with love. Don’t give up on love because of the hardness of people’s hearts; don’t blame love for people’s callousness.

At the end of it all, you have to WANT what you NEED; and love is what you need, what we all need.

The late doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. said it perfectly, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

The good news is when you have love, it is not yours alone; but hatred is heavy and it’s rarely shared…

So, go ahead and forgive yourself if you have given up on love. Love has always been there, all along, all for you. You just have to be opened for love, be opened to love.

Being Single

Sometimes you just want to be touched by another human being. You just want to be held, to be told that you matter; not that you don’t know it already, but because you want to hear the echo.

Sometimes you wonder, “Where’s my happily ever after? Has God forgotten about me”?

We are social creatures, we were not meant to live isolated lives. It is totally normal and natural and acceptable to feel the need to be in the company of others, or with someone dear to our hearts. These sentiments must not be frown upon because they are innate.

In Genesis 2:18, we read, “And the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him’” (Genesis 2:18 KJV).

So there you have it, God puts it in our hearts to feel the need to be loved, to be longed for, to feel wanted…

So, what better person is there to ask for your ‘happily-ever-after’ than the One who implanted this desire in you, even before you were born?

And don’t think it’s just an adult thing to feel the need to be in relationships; it’s an every living creature thing; man and beast, even plants if you care to go that far.

So, next time you’re feeling down because of your single life, remember that you are not truly alone and that the person that God has for you will be for you no matter what life throws at you. It is okay to feel down some days, just don’t stay down there…Get up, show up, show out, and ask God for strength to wait for what you deserve.