The “love” I am talking about is the care and compassion one feels for another person. Nothing romantic – just agape.
The problem is when one cares about another, there are whole new dimensions of worry and inconvenience, inconvenience which is set aside as such for the sake of something greater. It also means doing what must be done, despite one’s desires otherwise. Lots of sacrifice.
And caring for someone isn’t about grand acts. It’s about small, routine acts – pats on the back, expressing joy to see the person, checking in to see how they are doing with family and work, and they make a difference.
Life, for me, was so much simpler and easier when I didn’t have people to care about. One of the drawbacks of being active in the Church – more people to know, love, and care about. Despite all the inconvenience, though, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Keep on loving. It’s hard, but worth it.