Love is risky, but we shouldn’t give up on it. Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? I don’t know. But I do know this: If we don’t take a risk, we will never have the opportunity to love and to be loved, which is one of life’s greatest experiences.
What is love anyway? The Bible puts it this way:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Cor. 13: 5-7)
This Scripture is often read at weddings. I read it at my brother’s wedding and plan to have it read at my wedding, should I be blessed with a second chance at marriage. But this is more than a wedding Scripture. This is how we should conduct ourselves with everyone. Love is an action. Any relationship, including a romantic one, should be based on this kind of love.
So, rather than focusing on love lost, I choose to focus on the potential that love still carries–in all my relationships. Though love requires vulnerability, it offers possibilities I wouldn’t want to miss out on. Love is worth the risk.