Can you feel the love

Special Thanks The Hutchinson News for Publishing this article in February of 2012.

 

Welcome to the season of love!

February is the time for heart-shaped cards, cheesy pickup lines, stale candy and crowded restaurants filled with dating dreams.

Yet, far too often “love” leaves us anything but happy. We’re a culture of the depressed, detached and desperate.

I remember Sunday School teaching that we are supposed to love with “JOY” – JESUS first, OTHERS second, YOURSELF last.

So if we got the order right, we’d be all right.

So, how’s that working out for you?

Maybe the key to love isn’t putting God first.

Maybe it’s loving Him, only.

Genesis 29 contains one of the saddest love stories in human history. Let me compress the background for you:

* Jacob loved Rachel.

* Rachel loved Jacob.

* Leah was Rachel’s not-so-pretty older sister.

* Laban (Rachel and Leah’s dad) tricked Jacob into marrying Leah.

* Jacob decided to put up with his unwanted bride if he could marry her sister, too.

So here’s the love triangle: two sisters married to the same man, but the man only loves one of them. We’ve got more drama here than a high school cafeteria!

Leah was unloved, yet love Continue reading “Can you feel the love”

Can you feel the love

Special Thanks The Hutchinson News for Publishing this article in February of 2012.

 

Welcome to the season of love!

February is the time for heart-shaped cards, cheesy pickup lines, stale candy and crowded restaurants filled with dating dreams.

Yet, far too often “love” leaves us anything but happy. We’re a culture of the depressed, detached and desperate.

I remember Sunday School teaching that we are supposed to love with “JOY” – JESUS first, OTHERS second, YOURSELF last.

So if we got the order right, we’d be all right.

So, how’s that working out for you?

Maybe the key to love isn’t putting God first.

Maybe it’s loving Him, only.

Genesis 29 contains one of the saddest love stories in human history. Let me compress the background for you:

* Jacob loved Rachel.

* Rachel loved Jacob.

* Leah was Rachel’s not-so-pretty older sister.

* Laban (Rachel and Leah’s dad) tricked Jacob into marrying Leah.

* Jacob decided to put up with his unwanted bride if he could marry her sister, too.

So here’s the love triangle: two sisters married to the same man, but the man only loves one of them. We’ve got more drama here than a high school cafeteria!

Leah was unloved, yet love Continue reading “Can you feel the love”