When Loves Comes In // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

A ship strayed off course near San Diego several years ago, and became stuck in a reef at low tide. At least a dozen tug boats were called to the scene to dislodge the vessel — but to no avail. It wouldn’t budge.

“I guess, I’ll just have to be patient and wait.”, said the captain. Sure enough, when the tide came in, the ship lifted off the reef, and was able to continue her journey.

What a difference it makes when the tide comes in.

It makes a difference, too, when love comes in.

People, stuck on the reefs of rejection or the sandbar of self pity, are hardly able to budge an inch. The situation seems hopeless. Every effort fails. Twelve tug boats cannot pull a person from the mires of discouragement.

Then — love comes in, washing over the failures. It brings a new level of hope and promises a future joy. Love comes in, raising the tide and setting us free.

Love is the greatest power in the universe. It is stronger than evil and even goes beyond death.

While many are corrupted with the “love of power”, the “Power of Love” alone prevails.

Love is the best adjective to describe God. It is the highest human duty.

When love comes in, it makes all the difference.

Victor Hugo said, “The deepest longing of every human being is the desire to know that he/she is loved.”

How many times has love made the difference for you? Do you recall a time when love lightened the load? Brightened the day?

Tennis is the only activity where love means nothing. In all other arenas, it means everything.

Love is expensive. It costs more than some are willing to pay. It requires a significant investment of life. One high school junior sent a rose to his sweetheart, with the following note: “With all my love and most of my allowance.” Yes, there is a price tag on love — but it’s worth it!

“It takes courage to love,” observed Eleanor Roosevelt, ” but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and giving out nothing, receive nothing, and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”

If you want to ride the tides of life, you have to take the risk of loving.

When love comes in, it makes all the difference.

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