Here is a heartwarming story about a little boy who wanted love so much.
There was a little boy who was riding across town on a city bus. He was huddled very close to a well-dressed lady and was swinging his legs back and forth, out in the aisle like kids do.
Accidentally, he rubbed his shoes up against the woman sitting across from him. She got perturbed and asked the other well-dressed woman, “Pardon me, but would you please tell your little boy to keep his feet to himself?”
The well-dressed woman looked at the boy as if she hadn’t really been aware that he was there, then shoving him aside, said, “He’s not my boy. I’ve never seen him before.”
Embarrassed, the little boy moved to another seat where he sat down as if trying to hide. It was obvious the boy was trying to fight back tears. He looked at the lady whose dress he had soiled and he said, “I’m so sorry; I didn’t mean to.”
When the woman saw what the scolding had done to the boy, she felt badly about how she had responded. She said, “Oh honey, that’s all right. Are you going somewhere alone?”
The boy lowered his head and answered, “I always travel alone. My mommy and daddy are gone, so I live with my Aunt Maggie. But when she gets tired of me, she sends me to Aunt Elizabeth.”
The woman then asked, “Are you on your way to visit Aunt Elizabeth now?” The boy answered, “Yes, but Aunt Elizabeth is hardly ever home. I hope she’s home, today, because it is so cold outside.”
The woman looked at the boy again and then said, “You sure are awfully young to be riding the bus alone.”
The boy piped up, “Oh, it’s OK. I never get lost – but sometimes I get awful lonely. So, when I see someone who I would like to be my family, I huddle up close to them and I pretend they are my family. That is what I was doing when I got your dress dirty. I forgot about my feet.”
Hearing this, the woman moved over to where the boy was sitting and put her arm around him. Then she hugged him in real close. She understood that what he really wanted, what he really needed, was to feel that somebody loved him.
A baby is born with a an inborn and strong need to be loved – and never and that never lessens.
You are reading this message this morning and we all have needs. I have needs. We need to be loved and we need, as a human being, as a Christian, to pass that love on to others, also. To become the best that we can possibly be, we need to give love away, to allow it to express in and through us. This is what the Valentine’s Day celebration should be about – expressing more of God’s love to each other. We can help end loneliness.
1 John 4:7-8, : Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
We all possess love and what we need to do is become the conduit for the love of God to flow through us. Then we not only have it, we express it, and share it. Then we have it all. Then we have God, His kingdom, and then we know and understand what God is all about. Because God is Love.
I have an acronym for love:
Letting our values express.
Here is an alphabet for love:
Z Zip in your life!
When this becomes the code in your life, it will add zip in your life – the zip code.
There is a wonderful story about a lighthouse off the coast of Massachusetts. It is Minot’s lighthouse. Many lonely sailors have searched for this light because it is unlike any other light in the world. The signal spells out “I love you” in nautical code.
Several years ago, the Coast Guard decided to put in modern equipment.
They felt they needed to take out the signal that spells out “I love you.” They told the public they were going to put in the regular signal that just flashes. The entire state rose up in dismay. Sailors from around the world who had been touched in the middle of the night by the lighthouse’s message protested. Finally, the Coast Guard backed down and the old equipment is still there. All night long, in fog or good weather, in nautical code, it flashes out “I love you.” Sailors from around the world have longed to go there to see that light and its message.
Author Eric Butterworth, writes: “Love is not something you do; love is being. Love is not trying; love is being. Love is not finding the right person; it is becoming the right person.”
I heard a wonderful story that at first sounded funny, but has a much deeper meaning. It is about a man who had been married for over 30 years. He returned home one evening and found his wife packing. “What in the world are you doing?” he asked.
“I can’t handle it anymore!” she replied. “We’ve done nothing but fight, argue, complain, and bicker at each other. I’ve decided to leave.”
The man stood in shock and bewilderment as his wife walked out of the house – out of his life. Suddenly, he dashed to the bedroom and pulled a suitcase down from the closet shelf. Running outside, he yelled to hiswife, “I can’t handle it anymore, either. Wait for me, and I’ll go with you.”
Isn’t that what couples should do? Isn’t that what friends should do? Isn’t that what enemies should do? When one starts to walk out, let’s grab our suitcase and go with them.
Make a decision to live your life pursuing and laboring for love – to give and to accept. Decide to live your life daily for love. Every day will produce a beautiful payoff. There is nothing that can stop the power of love in your life. That is what we are talking about today. I pray that
each of us becomes ten times more loving because we are making a commitment with God.
A young man once talked with people of many races and creeds. Each told him of the oldest thing in the world. He was determined to find it. He walked many miles and was often rewarded by beautiful vistas before him, but always when he heard of a very ancient thing and went to see it, someone told him of another much older thing. After many years, he returned home an old man, still not having found that for which he was in search.
One day, as he sat in his garden, a little girl passed, holding an old doll tenderly in her arms. He watched her smooth its rough tangled hair and speak to it as a mother would to her baby. “At last,” he said, “here is the oldest thing in the world. It is love.”
How often do you hear people say, “I love God, but it’s people I have a problem with.”
Author James Dillet Freeman, once wrote: “Some say they love God, but not men. But how can we love harmony and not music? How can we love light and not the morning? How can we love nature and not the spring? How can we love God and not the likeness of God, which is humans?”
Love is an abstract idea until it is expressed in you and by you. We may talk about love, define love, but still not be loving. We have to break down the barriers. That is why we are here today – to break down the barrier, once and for all. To love the persons, situations, and circumstances that irritate, challenge, and baffle you.
Romans 13:8-10. states: Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law . . . . love is the fulfilling of the law. If God is love, and if I allow God to flow through me to love you, that is my religion and my body is the temple where it takes place. We do this with the present and we do it with the past.
1 John 3:11-15, For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil tendencies and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them.
You can measure a person’s worth by the size of their heart. One St. Valentines Day, the five-year-olds in a Sunday school class were told to bring in something that they loved. The next Sunday, they brought in the usual hats, sweaters, and books. But one boy entered with an especially big grin. Behind him, wearing a red dress was his four-year-old sister. The best exhibit of all is something you love and are so proud of – something special.
Love is a power. And the real place to start this is at home. Bless that place. Bless the place, even when nobody is there so when they come in, they will feel the love of God. Surround yourself with God’s love. Remember what the Bible says. You do not have to do it. You simply consent to it happening through you, and it will. Love is THE GREATEST POWER – it will never let you down.
There is nothing you or I have ever done, ever said, or ever thought that can destroy the love God has for us. God sees more in us that we see in ourselves.
Many of you are sitting reading this today and you question, “What is my purpose in life?” According to the Bible, it is to love, to learn love, to master it, to give it away. It is easy in a place like this, isn’t it? The next time you are in a place where it is not so easy, do it anyway.
Let us pray using, Author Emmet Fox’s words.
“There is no difficulty in my life that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no wrong that enough love will not set right; it makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble; how helpless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how great the mistake; a sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all – if only you will love enough, you will be the happiest, most powerful being in the world.”
God, today, this moment, I agree to let my light shine, my love shine, and to become love. Thank You, God.
In Jesus Christ’s name we pray. Amen.