Love. One of the most over used words in our vocabulary. I love this place. I love this song. I love that shirt. I love you. Those three little words that mean so much and yet so little. Love. We use it so often, about so many different things. But do we mean it? Or is it just a phrase we use like “cool”, or “wow”?
Do I look like love? On a good day, maybe? On a bad day? Ahh- lets not go there. Recently we were invited by a friend to visit her church. We took her up on the offer and arrived feeling like the new kid at school- it probably didn’t help that we stuck out like a sore thumb. There we were four white sheep in all black flock, united by the greatest shepherd. Immediately we were engulfed in hugs handshakes and welcomes. I’ve never been to a place where I felt so welcomed. Everyone was so kind.
Do I look like that to others? When they see me do they see Him? Or am I just another face amidst a sea of them. Especially now that Christmas is upon us, everyone is eager to find the perfect thing for their love ones. We often forget to, for the lack of a better word to be nice. To love other people and be respectful. You know when you were a kid and got new shoes? How you have to wear them absolutely everywhere to show them off? Do we show Him off just because we can?
Our pastor used to love my grandma. He would search her out as he was preaching and he said that she fairly glowed with the Holy Spirit. Grandma did glow from the inside. She was so full of love for people. If you met her, you were instantly family and she would insist on giving you a great big hug. Sometimes more than one. When we fed the homeless she hugged them and loved on them. It didn’t matter what they looked like or what they had been through, grandma loved them with a god given love. She loved even the unlovely.
Let your light so shine …
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16