Recently, I had a friend share a story with me. A childrens book called, “Love Monster” by Rachel Bright. Little would I know that this book would impact me the way it did.
It reads as follows:
“This is a monster. ( Hello Monster)
I think you’ll agree, he’s a little funny looking.
He lives in a world of cute, fluffy things, which make being funny-looking…pretty darn hard.
You might noticed that everybody loves kittens…and puppies..and bunnies. You know, cute, fluffy, things.
But nobody loves a slightly hairy, I-suppose-a-bit-googly-eyed-monster. (Poor Monster.)
This might be enough to make a monster feel, well, a bit down in the dumps. But not being the moping-around sort.
He decided to set out and look for someone who’d love him, just the way he was.
He looked high, he looked low.
He looked middle-ish.
He looked inside.
More than once he thought that maybe…just maybe…he’d found what he was looking for. But, as it turned out, things were never quite as they seemed.
Yes, it would be fair to say that his search did NOT go well. And then it didn’t go well some more.
It didn’t go well for such a long time, in fact, that it began to get dark.
And, well, not very nice.
So the monster having lost all his oomph, decided it was time to give up, and go home.
But in a blink of a googly eye..everything changed.
You see, sometimes, when you least expect it…love finds you.”
Now, I don’t believe anything happens by coincidence. The first time I finished reading this story, a student left their bible on my desk. The passage?
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.