Rational people don’t love, and they don’t own pets either. Rational people don’t own pets because pets are a complete waste of money. They don’t pay rent even though they live in your house. They don’t clean up even though they create the mess. There’s no logical reason to own a pet, it’s not an equation that pays out. So why do over 50% of households own a pet? Because the deepest desire of our heart is to love and be loved.
Rational people don’t love because it too, is an equation that runs the risk of not paying out. Loving someone or something puts you at risk for rejection, guarantees you’ll face loss, and it can even buckle your knees in utter pain. Rational people don’t love because they’d rather never experience love in order to avoid the hurt and grief that comes with it. Choosing to love is a vulnerable choice to make…but it’s what we were designed for and who we were designed after. If God is love and we are designed in his image, then we are love as well. Love is written into our bones.
There is a woman in my community who recently gave birth to a child with little to no brain activity. The child lived for 64 days and for every single one of those days the woman poured out love for her child. You all are reading this like “yeah of course, that’s what mothers do.” But from a rational standpoint it doesn’t make sense. The child could not return any love back to her mother, or even signal that she felt the love her mother was giving her. Yet the mother loved her anyways. Every day I watched her love grow for the baby all the while knowing the pain of loss was growing along with it. It was the most courageous and selfless choice I’ve ever seen someone make – to love someone who cannot love in return.
I cannot imagine the pain the mother felt when her child passed away but I know someone who can – God. I cannot imagine what it feels like to love someone who cannot love in return but I know someone who can – God. This woman loves the way that God loves. Recklessly. With no expectation of a return on her investment and with no agenda. Does pain come with love? Sure. But so does purpose and meaning and a joy that runs deeper than pain could ever go. The choice to love is the choice to live the life you were created for.
So here’s to all the irrational pet owners and the people who choose to love in spite of the consequences – here’s to the reckless ones.