It was touching to read about Erika Hurt, 25, in Hope, Indiana because she exemplifies actions, although not the same, we all have that can cause grief to those we love or are closest to us. Erika was found unconscious behind the wheel of her car because of a drug overdose. With needle still in hand and her 10-month old son crying in the back seat, the police report says she was administered two doses of the life-saving heroin antidote narcan. Following hospital treatment Erika was booked on charges of child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.
We are hearing that parents are doing things like this more often with helpless children in the car. It would seem the young children don’t disapprove or probably know what is going on. We could speculate that if Erika were asked if she loved her child she would reply with a passionate “yes”. It would not seem that way to most everyone else.
One thing we notice in situations like this is that our actions cause those we love to lose while we get what we want. It happens all the time with all kinds of actions. I have seen some very stressed family members of alcoholics. Then there are marriages where one partner is unfaithful or doesn’t want to be intimate while the other does. The family bread winner may supply the material needs of a family while neglecting them by working extraordinarily long hours. While the list could go on, in every case someone is more focused on self rather than the other.
So what is love? Someone with true love is one who performs an action knowing they could lose so that others might win. One might even think about measuring the strength of your love by how much you are willing to risk or give up that someone else might benefit.
The Bible tells us the very nature of God is love. It also says God considers love to be the greatest thing. Are you striving for what God considers best? Is there something in your life you need to change today? If you would like to talk, there are two methods of communication listed on this web site. We look forward to hearing from you.