Endearing ways of showing love

Posted 2/13/18

Love. This powerful word has many different meanings to many people, but beyond the initial phases of infatuation we find there is a true meaning to this life-altering word. When we find our …

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Endearing ways of showing love

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Love.

This powerful word has many different meanings to many people, but beyond the initial phases of infatuation we find there is a true meaning to this life-altering word.

When we find our  spouse, we may think we have truly arrived at our love destination, and for some this is truly the case. Some in this group are then blessed with a child and their love grows. And when you think that you can never love another child like your first, it happens all over again and then what about those grandchildren?

You finally reach the understanding that love is one of those rare things that the more it is used, it is never diminished, but continues to grow. Now many will try and devise ways to twist words, meanings and feelings, but true love is a wonderful thing.

It has been quoted that, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

In the Bible, and in another anonymous quote, it states, “Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American G.I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom."

One may visit any number of churches across Bradley County to learn more, and then visit the Bradley County Courthouse Plaza to see the names and remember the sacrifices that many local citizens have made for more than a century to help ensure our freedoms. Both of these were freely given to those who choose to believe or not, and that brings me to tomorrow’s celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Many across our region have spent time, money and talents to purchase gifts or develop ideas that will impress those we care about and love. We demonstrate this love on Feb. 14, and this is good.

But again this year, I would like to ask us all to take some time and to just think of those beyond our family. Do you know of a person who is now unable to drive themselves to their chosen place of worship, to the grocery store or even a doctor’s appointment?

Do you know veterans who may find themselves alone tomorrow? A phone call, an offer to drive them or simply changing a lightbulb for someone who can no longer reach their light fixture without climbing an unsteady ladder has a way of not only helping, but also expressing love to those who are in need.

Gifts that are sometimes the most remembered do not necessarily cost money. They may just involve time, and sometimes even just the concept of listening without interruption, to another’s concerns, dreams and needs.

Relationships require an investment of time, and the most rewarding ones are sometimes missed by the idea of always “looking out for oneself only." The nice thing about this process is that it is another one of those items that has a unique way of becoming more prevalent with use.

Once you help another person, you seem to be able to notice more items that cross your path each day in which you can become a blessing to those around us.

Bradley County is blessed with multitudes of people and organizations that share this same focus and ability to share blessings with others. When presenting that perfect gift for those we love tomorrow for Valentine’s Day, please remember to join with others in our community to offer encouragement and hope to those who find themselves in need and who are possibly alone.

This will not only benefit those that you help, but you will also find that it helps you as well. This character trait and helpful attitude will also continue to ensure that Bradley County continues to be Tennessee at its best!

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