The word "love" can be heard just about everywhere you go, if you attended the Stephenville Music Club's Valentine's Musical at the Chapel on the Bosque, you heard it a lot in classic songs such as "All I Ask Of You" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" but those songs describe feelings of affection between two people and a sensation known as "being in love" but that one word means so much more.
In 1992, Christian music group DC Talk released a song entitled "Luv Is A Verb", which everyone knows that a verb is a word describing an action, occurrence, or state of being; in fact, one of the song's lyrics says "love is a word that requires some action" but then again, how do we "love" someone?
One way of "loving" someone is being kind to people we don't get along with, an example of this is depicted in something I recently discovered on YouTube, an episode of one of my favorite childhood cartoons "He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe." In this particular episode, He-Man and his nemesis, Skeletor are having a battle in front of an alien from another planet, the alien notices that despite the tension between these two, there is no physical force being used so at the end of the fight, He-Man is asked why he didn't try to harm his enemy, to which he replies "because I believe in the sanctity of life, even Skeletor's", the alien responds by saying "you have compassion, you showed love, which is more powerful than any mighty warrior's physical strength."
Love can have so many different interpretations; when a person tells another person that they "love" them, it can be taken so many different ways, like when a couple says it to each other, that's their way of reminding the other "you're the best thing that ever happened to me and when a kid says it to their parents, it's their way of saying "I honor and respect you."
No matter how you interpret the word, love is here to stay so I challenge you, don't just say "I love you" to someone but show it; go help that next door neighbor with a chore they might not be able to accomplish alone, drop a line to a friend or family member just to say "how are you?" After all, as Clint Black described in his hit song, "love's not just something that we're in, it's something that we do" and that, my friends, is a powerful thing.
Tim Turnbeaugh is a musician who was born and reared in Eastland County but currently resides in Stephenville. Tim can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.