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Love Like: A Reflection from The Greatest Showman by Mark Muleta



Darkness, fire, and doom.

It was one of the iconic scenes in the movie. The great Zac Efron realized that Zandaya was trapped inside the burning building. With no hesitation, he rushed towards the collapsing circus with no apparent fear of dying.

For the longest time in my life, I just wanted to meet someone who would love me as much. Someone who would take a stand with me. Someone who would risk it all with me just to show that what we had was important. All I wanted was reciprocation at some level just so I know all these investments aren’t for naught.

There was a glaring plot hole to all that. I was thinking this way because I focused on myself; I didn’t want to love; I wanted to be secure.

As I got to know my God more, I realized that love’s nature was to outdo the beloved. It wasn’t about finding someone who’s willing to be at pace, and be willing to trade off with me. It’s about loving and just loving, not expecting returns.

My perspective has shifted from wanting someone who would do like I would to finding someone I can run inside burning buildings for.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:6–8‬ ‭NASB

Let’s walk past the lenses of the romantic and see this through the realistic. We ought to love others not because they can love us back. Even when they cannot, we love anyway, and we love with all that we have, similar to when a mother takes care of her children.

God loves us not because we can return the favor, but so we can return to Him.

God has rushed towards burning buildings for us. Not once, but over and over. I can never repay that. But I can ask for the grace and strength to live that way towards others knowing that love exists to bring people back to God. If this means serving even when no one notices, overlooking differences so we can work together, not judging people who are different, or not condemning others for not treating you the same way, then this is love.

If the season isn’t right yet for romance, don’t worry too much if you’ll get a partner suitable for you. That time will come. For now, work on loving other people with no other motive than to share God’s love; not even so your ministry will grow, or for people to like you. Love just because you know how much He loves you. This, you’ll have to do for as long as you’re alive.

And when the time comes, you would have learned to love your beloved the way Christ loves the church. It will be glorious, like a man saving his damsel from a burning building.


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Written by Mark Muleta
Originally posted at Medium

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