I Love Lamp...
By Greg Wasinski
Sometimes our attempts at finding true love is as ridiculous as the scene from the movie, Anchorman where Brick Tamland (played by Steve Carell) begins to blurt out things in the room he loves just in order to be included:
Brick Tamland: “I love… carpet. [pause] I love… desk.”
Ron Burgundy: “Brick, are you just looking at things in the office and saying that you love them?”
Brick Tamland: “I love lamp.”
Ron Burgundy: “Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?”
Brick Tamland: “I love lamp. I love lamp”
It’s as if there is some level of acceptance gained from those around us by saying we love one single person (or thing). Quite possibly, we have even reduced ourselves to believing in some predestined fairy tale kind of mate which will magically make all of our problems go away. The truth is, “love” goes far beyond a romantic relationship with a special someone and so does its responsibilities.
Love is the pinnacle of sharing and it’s ultimately about us being more, doing more and giving more to family, friends and our community around us. In John’s Gospel when Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” He is not just looking for a yes or no. He is following up the question of love with an action of love: “Feed my lambs,” “Tend my Sheep” and “Feed my sheep” (Jn 21:15-17) His love for Christ was not just to harbor a one on one, master to student relationship with the Savior, but for Peter to prove the love he had in his heart by offering a life of service. We are no different in answering this same question back to God today.
Yes, loving a special someone while Luther Vandross lays down some sweet vocals is what Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry wants you to focus on. However, in Christ, we are always made for more; we are asked to always find the ones who are lost and provide hope for them through love. Expand your horizons to prove your own love to the Father regardless of your current relationship status. Notice Him in the world around you and then extend His love to others.
Romantic love in a relationship with an individual can be fulfilling, but seeking love to share with the world around you is where the rest of the world can witness the grace of Jesus Christ through you. After all, we do not simply look around a room and find “a lamp” to love, we see the image of Christ in others and fall deeply in love with the attributes they possess which model Him, then we go out and change the world.