Thanksgiving Reflection: Love Is Not Satisfied With Sharing
By: Eric Gajewski
Some say Love is a sharing of the heart with another but this is inaccurate for this implies a “portion” still retained for its own by the owner himself. No, true Love has no concern for itself and is a complete giving of the heart to another. Nay, in the process of moving away from self- love we are met with challenges but we must move from “sharing” to total surrender and abandonment to His good pleasure. Therefore, once we recognize that we are already in the Heart of the Beloved, then, only then, can we fully live in it. For I cannot be that which my heart does not desire to attain.
That which we seek to attain has already been given to us freely. No?
Perhaps, to some, His Words, never touched their hearts but assuredly this total act of self- giving on the Cross brings our own hearts into His mysteriously without ever hearing Him speak. The silence upon the Cross, is, in my estimation, the greatest sermon every preached. It is here I did not hear Words but rather His Heart thumping and pounding for my sins. It pounded loudly against the eardrums of this sinner telling me to change my course. It pounded and eventually broke down my erroring ways. Therefore, how can I say I just want to share? Is this enough?
No, I do not want to just share I want to be found without for He alone is my provider. I have nothing to give and yet in this nothingness He still works Love miracle’s. It is He who first acts it is I who must concede. Thus the more I reflect the more it is clear. His mission was not just to share but to give Himself wholly.
Therefore, how can I do anything less myself?
What more could I be thankful for today outside of this Sacred Heart? Yea, I do not want to change how things presently are for what God allows is perfect and pleasing to Him. It is I who must wholly conform unto Him. It is my own heart which needs to change. I do not belong to another; therefore, I am content and sharing just isn’t enough. He asks you just as He asks me.
Do you love Me? Thrice He spoke the same to Peter.
For Love must penetrate deeply unto the heart because upon first knock the heart is alerted, the second knock an awakening and upon the third asking we finally realize what He is trying to communicate to us and thus in tears we say yes and finally mean it.
Do you Love Him just enough to give Him an hour of your evening or is your heart already ticking on the divine time wherein you are investing every second of the day for God’s glory. Selfish creatures we are when we resist this Love which seeks to transform us. For true happiness is not found in just sharing a portion.
It is never too late for change.
It is never too early to rise and give thanks for all that He is. No, I am not satisfied with just sharing for what is there of me that is not already Thine outside of my sins? He makes, He knocks, He whispers and then occupies for nothing is mine. We all must better learn to appreciate and give Him thanksgiving everyday. For if I believed I was totally His than nothing the day could bring would affect my whole giving of self unto Him.
I would be fully dispositioned to resignation to His holy Will every second.
Now, it is true that in every marriage there are trials. There are ups and downs but in this case, it is no fault of God’s but our own. For as loving as an earthy spouse may be he or she cannot see with all encompassing eyes. There are disappointments in our own spiritual life only because we love our own selves and wills too much. If I am to move away from this demon of self-love wherein “sharing” is still an option I must learn to totally abandon myself to God and learn that all things work out for my soul’s advantage.
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