Is it Love or Infatuation?!
Infatuation is instant desire - one set of glands calling to another.
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It takes root and grows, on day at a time.
Infatuation is marked by a feeling of insecurity. You are excited and eager but not genuinely happy. There are nagging doubts, unanswered questions, little bits and pieces about your beloved that you would just as soon not examine too closely. It might spoil the dream.
Love is the quiet understanding and mature acceptance of imperfection. It is real. It give you strength and grows beyond you - to bolster your beloved. You are warmed by his presence, even when he is away. Miles do not separate you. You want him near. But near or far, you know he is yours and you can wait.
Infatuation says, "We must get married right away. I can't risk losing him."
Love says "Be patient. He is yours. Plan your future with confidence."
Infatuation has an element of sexual excitement. Whenever you are in one another's company you are hoping it will end in intimacy. (pre marriage appropriate of course. My add)
Love is the maturation of friendship. You must be friends before you can be lovers.
Infatuation lacks confidence. When he's away, you wonder if he's cheating. Sometimes you check.
Love means trust. You are calm, secure and unthreatened. He feels your trust and it makes him even more trustworthy.
Infatuation might lead you to do things you'll regret later, but love never will.
Love lifts you up. It makes you look up. It makes you think up. It makes you a better person then you were before.
I hadn't yet met Steve when I read this. Actually we didn't meet until 4 years later. But I put this on my frig to remind myself of what I wanted out of life. I wanted LOVE! I wanted what this column mentioned. I didn't know when or if! I just know I didn't want to settle for infatuation! God blessed me with my forever friend in Steve! He is my best friend, and so much more! I am so grateful to God for him!
If you are single and reading this please know God has a plan! His plan is truly BEST and if you wait for His man or woman, you will find true love!