Love is not instant.
Butterflies are instant. Lust is instant. Mutual like can be instant too! But love is NOT instant and if you live that way you are just setting yourself up for a broken heart and crushed expectations. Because what many people call "love" is just lust and butterflies, coupled with the newness of a relationship. And those things, while wonderful and sweet and part of a budding intimacy--are not love. And they do not last.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
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.
What do you guys think? Do you think society has it wrong? Love is not instant. Lattes are instant. Pizza and cheeseburgers are instant. So many instant things in this world, so many quick satisfactions. Love is NOT one of those things, and if you treat it that way, you will only wade in the shallow water when a deeper well beckons.