Love With Abandon

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Alabaster Box

C. Michael Dudash

“If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all.”

Oswald Chambers


Most acts of love are carried out with one eye on the self. Great pains are taken to ensure that such acts are not misinterpreted. The risks to ones dignity are well known and carefully managed. To survive, one must make sure that he is not carried beyond himself where he may incur costs he did not budget for.

Out there, beyond one’s self, where dignity and sensibility are forgotten, that is where love is pure. That is where these garments, which we have been fashioning for ourselves all these years, fall away and we are exposed. It is where we are lost and in the same moment found. Men hide their faces from such things. Such vulnerability will cause the sturdiest souls to waver.

We are full of good deeds and a willingness to offer our support to those we love. But that is not the example we are given. We are called to love with abandon. Mark 14:3-9