My friend, may I ask you a question?
When someone in your life does something special for you, no matter how little or insignificant (or, for that matter, however inconvenient), are you there with praise or indifference? Isn’t our love is often a choice of digging down deep enough to discover the hidden joys in the little kindnesses of this life.
It was a pretty chewed-up, old fetching toy drenched in dog saliva with bits of stuffing beginning to poke out here and there. It was also Jubbie’s favorite toy. Now it was nestled in my hand because it was also our Labrador’s more precious offering. I had just come home from the office and she was excited and anxious to show me how happy she was to see me. To her it was a special offering of affection. To me? Well, I just had to overcome the feel of the thing to dig down deep enough to see the object of her affection.
It’s easy to overlook these offerings of love, especially when we’re preoccupied with our own comforts–isn’t it?
Here’s a story: According to a legend, a desert wanderer found a crystal spring of unsurpassed freshness. The water was so pure that he decided to bring some to his king. Barely satisfying his own thirst, he filled a leather bottle with the water and carried it many days beneath the desert sun before he reached the palace. When he finally laid his offering at the feet of his sovereign, the water had become stale because of the old container in which it had been stored. But the king would not let his faithful subject even imagine that it was unfit for use. He tasted it with expressions of gratitude and delight, and the loyal man went away with a heart filled with gladness. After he had gone, others sampled the water and expressed their surprise that the king had even pretended to enjoy it. “Ah,” said he, “it was not the water I tasted, but the love that prompted the offering.”
When someone in your life does something special for you, no matter how little or insignificant (or, for that matter, how- ever inconvenient), are you there with praise or indifference? Those little “let me help you with your coat” or “I’ll do that for you” offerings are common in life. They are expressions of love on the part of those who care about us. Often they come from a child or just some kind person we often take for granted. The fact is that each of these kindnesses is an offering. We can receive these with indifference or with gratitude; choosing to fill a heart with gladness or sorrow. Our love is often a choice of digging down deep enough to discover the hidden joys in the little kindnesses of this life.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, we put so many bounds on what we call love. For the most part we make sure that the object of love show to us is us? If we feel good, are satisfied or somehow advanced by someone else’s gift of love toward us, we call that love and we show our gratitude. Yet, Lord, how often we are shown love that benefits us little, or perhaps gives us nothing in return at all beyond perhaps an unintended bitterness that just so happened to accompany that well-meaning love? Forgive us Father when we don’t show our gratitude to others when they given us something precious that has little or no value at all to us. Because You have shown us Your grace, may we also show that same grace to others even when there is no benefit at all for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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