“Love is the condition …

“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”~Heinlein

It’s amazing how much you can learn from genuinely wanting the best for people for whom you care.  I learned that I have so much more to give than I really do to others, my children, or myself.  It has brought me full circle to the realization that I am not ever going to be happy in life unless I am able to share myself, my compassion or my life with others.

I would love to do this solely through my writing but other areas are calling me as well.  It is an interesting and exciting time as I figure out exactly what it all means.  It came through a painful path, but I hope in the end that it means something wonderful.

In it all, I keep thinking about Joseph (yeah..the guy with the funky coat as my dear friend and lapsed Jew pointed out!).  Joseph was hurt and betrayed by the ones that he loved most.  They threw him in a pit and went on with their day..never caring..  He was rescued by a caravan from Egypt shortly after being thrown in the pit.  Funny thing…that caravan had to be in motion…had to have started…long before  Joseph’s brothers let hatred overcome them.  God was in motion long before Joseph needed him…  

I think and I hope that is the case for me and my boys.   It helps make sense of a time that seems nonsensical.  I’m thankful for my friends who recognize the potential and good in me and repeatedly stress those truths to me when I’m hurting.  I’m thankful for my family who loves me fiercely and would never let me cry.  And most of all, I am thankful for the exceptional children that I have…who never cease to amaze me and complete strangers at their bond and loving goodness to others.  


About Jen Cross

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, I enjoy writing books about life in Dallas and relationships and their many ups and downs.
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2 Responses to “Love is the condition …

  1. Christina says:

    I love your point about God being in motion long before Joseph needed him…the caravan being set to arrive at his location long before he ended up there. I can’t wait until you get to the “you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done” part!! (I hope that makes sense)

  2. Cara Cross says:

    Christina..I can’t wait to get there as well but as I learned from being delayed just enough to avoid a high speed accident that might have killed me on contact rather than allowing me to be a witness this week, God’s timing is perfect. I am thankful that in my frustration at the delay in the check out line that I thanked him for whatever he was protecting me from… a lesson learned the hard way but learned nonetheless..it doesn’t make me hurt less for others but it does make me realize that I am protected and loved by Him.

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