‘deeply loved by few or widely liked by many'(Sally Rooney)

I’ve been thinking a lot about the need in most of us to be known, remembered and liked.

Facebook pushes us into it with the ‘likes’ notifications, Twitter leaves us feeling inadequate if no-one responds to our tweets. But does the feeling the likes give us last? Of course not.

I have spent the past two months submitting my latest book to a number of literary agents. No responses yet. Last week I took a break from Twitter and gave myself a good talking to. Just before that, I read the quote I put in the title there. What is actually the most important thing? To be famous, or to truly matter to a handful of people? Anyone can click the like button. It takes a lot more to love.

Every day my two tell me they love me. What could possibly matter more than that? My faith tells me that God so loved the world that He gave His own son for us. There is nothing that grabs our heart more than that. The likes will quickly fade, the re-tweets will be forgotten, the book proposals shoved to one side. But the truth of the love you already have will never ever leave you.

Of course, it’s important to work hard and make your mark in some way, but don’t live for it. It will never bring you love.

You’ve already been given that.

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