The things you do for Love

Mark 10: 17-22

My partner and I had been dancing around a break-up for a while. It was a relationship that had met some mutual needs, and I had loved him for a long time. But the love had gone, at least the depth of it, and all that was left were the games.

When I met Chris I felt the connection and didn’t want to admit it was there. We emailed each other regularly but were careful not to overstep the boundaries. The truth is that my boundaries were very wide so it would have been difficult to go anywhere that breached my covenant relationship. But.

When he came to visit I knew I had fallen, and hard. This was it, this was love. Glorious, inconvenient, joy filled, and heart wrenching. And it couldn’t work, if for no other reason that he was in the USA and I was in the UK.

After he drove away my partner and I had the conversation that we’d been avoiding. We decided to go our separate ways. I dared to hope that there was a chance with Chris, but even if it wouldn’t work I knew that I couldn’t go on living the way I was.

Some weeks later I had a position in New York with the church, and Chris and I were planning my big move across the pond.

I’d tried everything to make my prior relationship work, at least everything I knew. Now I had to give up everything for a chance. My home, furniture, record collection, hi-fi, my ageing cats, everything I could not fit into a few suitcases I would have to leave behind. And there was every chance that I might have to turn right around and, after having burned my bridges, try to reclaim a life in the UK.

You do scary things for love. But then love isn’t about getting it right, it’s about simply giving and receiving. There’s no games, just the two of you in a hall of mirrors.

Fourteen years later and I am the poorest man in the world. I own nothing, not even my heart, for everything is his. I am also the richest man in the world, for everything that he owns is mine, along with his heart. Who’d have guessed that the way to have everything is to give everything away?

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Mark 10: 17-22

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