I found love on a two way street, and lost it on a lonely highway.
That is the first line to this iconic soul classic. It was the lyrics that were in my head as I awoke this morning. I have been moved by the situation in Ferguson Missouri, and my heart has been leaning towards all parts of the world that are in turmoil. When I hear these words, they began to tell a story of the world we live in.
We live in a very SELF-ish society. If there is an accident on the highway, we are upset and want it moved because it delays us. We don’t even consider those they may be injured. When tragedy strikes, we are not concerned about those directly affected miles aways, yet we are upset that our favorite television show is not airing. We are so SELF-ish that the word “selfie” is now part of our vocabulary. Our timelines are all about SELF. “Look at me!” “I am here!” “I am important.” These are the mantras of our society, and sadly we are lonely.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… (John 3:16)
LOVE GIVES! Not only does Love give, but love gives complete and sacrificially. Foe Love gave his only.
What shall I render unto the Lord for His goodness and benefits towards me? (Psalm 116:12)
We don’t give that which costs us nothing. It is a cycle. Love gives sacrificially, and in return, we give sacrificially. We give our time, our energy, our prayers. We cannot just pray for iPads and new cars. We must Love some of our prayer time, not for self, but for others. I often replace the word love with give. It’s my reminder that real love gives, and that giving involves more that just me. Giving or “loving” is a two way street. It’s the coming and going. It’s the looking around and seeing others that are moving in the flow of Love.
I dare say that this is why so many of us are lonely. Our whole world is about SELF. It’s all about me, myself, and I. What a lonely existence. That is why the songwriter said, “and I lost it on a lonely highway.” There is no view. There is no conversation. There is just you.
There is nothing wrong with being punctual or taking selfies. But we must be like “Good Samaritan” of our time. The ones whom are willing to Love sacrificially of our-SELF. I encourage you as I encourage myself: If we truly want peace, love and harmony in the world; let us return to Love. Let us get off the solitary access roads and pull back onto the bustling highway. The view and the company are always better on Love’s two way street.