Real Definition

“What is real?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real.”

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams is a delightful children’s book in which the toys ask what is real and what is love. Essentially, the toy horse tells the rabbit that real is what happens when you are loved.

As human beings we ask these same questions, don’t we –

What is real?

What is love?

In this age of reality TV – real housewives, singers, chefs, bachelors, etc., almost any subject is recorded as reality.

Really.

We have online platforms that claim to offer real community, friends, and followers.

We have virtual reality sites and games where you can create a real identity.

Is any of this truly real or is it surface-level only?

Does any of this “reality” give us the depth of love and relationship for which we were created by the Almighty Creator?

In what or whom are any of these cultural realities rooted?

How do they, on a soul-deep level, transform our hearts for good? (Not only FOR good as in caring action, but for GOOD, as in a forever amount of time.)

What is real?

Real love results in hearts and lives transformed by faith in Jesus Christ.

Real love transforms the heart to live an abundant life of love for now and forever.

Real love transforms our hearts for good.

Real Transformation

This transformation by the love of Christ shows up in many ways:

When we love one another–offer our presence to others. Sit with them, eye to eye, and heart to heart. Invest time to show our love and the love of the Savior.

When we engage our heart–spend quality time caring in tangible ways so strangers and friends alike feel heard and appreciated for their true selves.

When we serve others in our community–find the intersection of their need and our skills and talents then step in to offer practical compassion.

When we dedicate our time & effort to treasured relationships–nurture relationships with family and friends.

Real Jesus

When we root ourselves in Jesus Christ and the Bible we reflect his love and joy to those around us and experience abundant life now and on into eternity.

Real love transforms our hearts for good.

When we have a real love for Christ, His love pours out through us as a beacon that beckons others to walk in His love as well.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Real Time

Easter is fast approaching.

As we walk through shops during this season, we will begin to see fluffy toy bunnies on the shelves. Maybe, like the Velveteen Rabbit, we wonder:

What is real?

What is love?

May these questions in our lives steer us back to the truth of faith.

Real love transforms our hearts for good. THE real love that transforms our hearts for good is found in the free gift of love and salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord.

May we know and experience the radiance of His real love this Easter and always.