"A considerate lover regards not so much the gift of Him who loves him, as the love of the Giver."Love is an act of the will not of the emotions. Passing passions cannot excuse the refusal to offer a sacrificial gift of oneself. It takes great courage to give these little self-denying gifts with a smile and not with a sigh. But how important they are! It is an easy trap to fall into, to believe that because the other understands our stresses, and knows of our love, a person need not do more to express that love when the day has taken its toll. Yet, sureties of love are always necessary in any relationship to maintain and strengthen its foundations. Do not allow your love to grow cold with fatigue but keep it warm with the fire of sacrifice. Perhaps the sacrifice may not only be in giving but in not receiving what one desires. Let not your heart grow weary! God will fill the void when necessary. When one serves another, he serves Christ; when he empties himself out, he is filled by His Love and Grace.
When one has a servant's heart, he does not see others taking what is his (time, energy) but instead freely gives what has been freely given to him. To thus live one's life takes patience, perseverance and endurance but it brings only peace and a greater desire to love more fully.