Appreciation, Not Possession

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I loved picking flowers when I was a little girl. I always knew how to get the prettiest bunch to grace the thin vases my mother had in the house. They usually ended up being some kind of weed, but I thought they were beautiful. After being in the vase for a couple days, they died and were thrown in the trash. When I was a teenager, I stumbled upon a quote by Osho that changed this hobby of mine. “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” After feeling guilty for all the weeds and flowers I’d picked in my life, I gave it some thought. How beautiful love is that it simply sits in a field of flowers, and never picks one. Never possesses something so easy to have. God can do anything. He could have us all be madly in love with Him and that would solve everything, right? No war, no disagreements, no hate if we all loved God. But He decided to watch us fall in love with His Church, with His Word, with His Son. Because love is not possession. Love appreciates the beauty and cares for it in return.

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