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Love Like Crazy
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I was watching country music videos yesterday morning. Now, this is not a rare thing; I do it almost every morning, despite the criticism I receive from most of my friends.

While listening, a song I really liked came on—also not a rare thing—but, this time I noticed something different. The song, "Love Like Crazy"*, speaks of a wise older man telling a young man his “secret” to a good life, and that it can be summarized in a few short sentences. “Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse ‘I love you.’ Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense. Never let your prayin' knees get lazy, and love like crazy." I’d heard the song only a few times, but always thought it said “don’t overuse ‘I love you’.” Hearing it the correct way brought a new perspective.

I have to admit I’ve always been unfaithful to the word “love.” Like many people, I’ve used the word interchangeably. “I love Coca Cola” has flowed from my lips as easily as “I love you, Mommy.” It’s taken me a while to learn to not use it with things I cannot possibly love—like Coca Cola.

I love my friends and family, but what happens when it comes down to just people? Are we supposed to love everyone equally? What decides if a person is worthy of hearing ‘I love you’? Where is the line between ‘I like you as a person’ and ‘I love you’?

I Love You!

This is where I get confused. Like I said, the word “love”  and I are well acquainted. I have often just met someone, and they’ve done me a favor that has tremendously helped me, to which I respond with an enthusiastic “I love you!” I am a very animated, crazy, somewhat impulsive, person, and I tend to overuse good things. But, is that a bad thing? Sometimes, yes. Always?

After much debate with myself and others, I realized that saying ‘I love you’ doesn’t matter nearly as much as actually loving, showing love to everyone you meet. After all, the words do become meaningless if they are overused, they hold no meaning in the first place if they are not backed up by actions. So, I have decided to stop focusing on what comes out of my mouth, and work on what is coming out of my heart and into my hands. If I couldn’t speak, would the people that I love know that I love them? That kind of thing. 

While the question of overusing “I love you” is still up for debate, I believe the question of loving shouldn’t be. Love, all the time. Show love, to everyone. Does it sound crazy? Yes. But God’s love is crazy, crazy beyond our comprehension. He loves everyone, all the time, no matter who they are, what they’ve done. He loves people that don’t even know Him. He has said "I love you" more times than we can even count up to, even when the words go unheard. That’s crazy!

May you be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse "I love you." May you never let your prayin' knees get lazy. May you love like crazy.

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By Raquel Levy. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

* Love Like Crazy, Lee Brice, Curb Records

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