St. Augustine was a philosopher and early Christian theologian, who famously said: You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you. I can identity with these profound words that describe the longing for intimacy that can only be filled by the Creator. If I don’t let God fill the holes in my heart, it becomes so restless it starts to wander away from the One who knows me best.
Recently, I happened upon another quote by St. Augustine: Love is the beauty of the soul. These words invite me to take a step toward God. Do I love in a way that reflects the beauty of the Lord? What would it look like to have such beauty in my soul? Perhaps something like this:
I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.
(1 Corinthians 13:3-10 MSG)
Take a moment and read these verses slowly. Try to catch a glimpse of the possibility of love creating new heart habits which settle beautifully into the soul. May you and I be more equipped than ever to share Christ’s love…the beauty of the soul.
What a lovely way to see our task in this life–to keep focussed on what is important!