Love: Unlimited

Posted by Ann Urinoski on

Before I went to seminary, one of my jobs was as a summer nanny to my cousin's kids. At ages six and two, their wildly open minds and curious spirits helped me see the world in ways my 20-something eyes couldn't. (Years later, this is still true for the now older children and my 30-year-old eyes!) One of my favorite stretches of my journey with them was when they got old enough to ask, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" The best part about their answers was not when they said stuff like "knight" or "princess" but when they started giving answers that came in pairs. "I wanna drive big construction machines and be a firefighter." Even when all they knew about our world was how big it was, they saw the possibilities as so limitless that there was absolutely no reason they couldn't do everything they wanted. Why should they limit themselves to one career just because they didn't know anyone who had two? In their beautiful, young hearts, they saw the world as limitless.

As an adult, I've had to learn to limit. I limit my time for work, play, and sleep, making sure I have sufficient energy for each in a given day, week, or month. I limit my money to follow a responsible budget. I monitor how far I drive because there is limited gas in my car. How would I live differently if I had no limits on my time, energy, or gas tank?

In this Sunday's lesson from Romans, Paul writes: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord." Essentially, he's telling us that there is no limit, no action, and no entity on heaven or on earth that can separate us from God's love. We're stuck with it. NO matter what we do or where we turn, there is unconditional love - God's love - stuck to us like a really affectionate monkey on our back despite any trouble weighing on our hearts or doubts about the future.

My time and energy may always be constrained by my human body and the hours of our earthly clock. Nevertheless, no matter how many times I am tempted to feel constrained by earthly problems and hopeless, I should abide in the comfort that God's love for all of us does not have these human limits. God's love endures. God's love is impossibly large and unfathomable - like growing up to be both the princess and the president at the same time!

I don't know about you, but I feel liberated knowing that I'm unconditionally loved like that. Furthermore, it makes me want to love bigger and dream bigger. Jesus taught us that we can only enter the kingdom of heaven if we enter as little children. My younger cousins remind me to dream bigger and without limits. How can we learn to love bigger and without limits? What radical ways might we dare to love the world, if we knew we could not fail?


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