to be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known

June 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm 1 comment

I know, I totally stole that title from the monologue video I posted earlier. But it’s so fitting.

One of the greatest gifts in life, I’m realizing, is to be known.

As a whole person.

And loved for that whole person.

Maybe you know that I love to sing and dance. But do you know that I also love to have long, deep conversations? That I love to talk about books and theology and everything going on with you? That I’m a bubbly person and I’m sometimes too loud but I’m also sometimes shy? That I like to be goofy and I like to be serious? Do you know that I adore elegant dresses…but if you convince me, I’ll also go mudsliding?

If you only know one small part of me, then you don’t really know me. And if I only know one side of you – if I know your adventuring, backpacking side, but don’t ever see the poet in you, how much I am missing.

There will always be friends who only know pieces of us – classmates or coworkers, perhaps, who only see us in one environment. And that is fine and fitting.

But oh, the gift of being known as a whole person…and accepted and loved for all your quirks.

In this past week alone, my friends have let me be quiet and drink in the beauty of a forest glade and a lake; they’ve twirled with me in said lakes and done a good job at not showing their embarrassment (if they were embarrassed) by me singing in a parking lot. They’ve listened to me spill my heart – and shared theirs. They’ve been silly (and let me be silly) and spend way more time posing with tools than actually helping to assemble my sister’s new furniture.

And most of them know me way better than I know myself, can put a finger on an issue that’s troubling me that I haven’t seen or understood.

And it’s my prayer that I can give this sort of gift back: to see people as they really are, all of their angles; to listen to my friends and allow them to be genuine and whole people with me. To know them and love them dearly.

me. and ellie. and said tools!

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  • 1. singamelody  |  June 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Believe you me, it is heaven to have a friend who knows you so well you don’t have to say anything and they know you need a hug 🙂

    And now your family will know the tools they need for assembling furniture because we took pictures with all of them!!!

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