My teenage daughter is very interested in the question, “What is love?”
Well, aren’t we all? She’s heard that love isn’t just a feeling, but then what is it—what kind of thing? I first floundered around with some disastrously hippie-dippie-sounding definitions: love is a force, an energy, a power. Then I overcompensated for that vagueness by making it sound like all love is tough love: love is a decision, love is doing the right thing even when it feels bad. True, but woefully incomplete.
Finally I gave up trying to tell her what kind of thing love is. Instead, I said, let’s focus on what love does.
Love moves outward. Love overflows. Love refreshes. And love is creative—it...READ MORE