Happy Love Day!
I hope the last couple weeks have brought you as much joy as they have brought my family and me. I consider myself to be a fairly loving person, especially when it comes to my family. But I wanted to challenge myself to love one those who aren’t in my “circle”. What I realized is that beyond the blessing I showing to others, I was actually the one being blessed. To see the smile on a stranger’s face after something I had done just to spread the love of Jesus warmed my heart in ways I didn’t think it could. The last couple weeks I think have shown Jaxson what it means to be a servant of Christ too. I definitely don’t intend for this post to be a showcase of all the great things we did for an applause but simply to show you through the eyes of others what loving each other can do.
A couple weeks ago when we got all the snow in Fort Wayne I decided one of the ways to Share the Love with the husband was to get out and shovel the drive way before he got home so he didn’t have to do it. No big deal. But it kept snowing….A LOT. I shoveled the driveway twice! The second time was after I had picked up my son from school. I let him know I’d be outside for a while clearing off the driveway and as I was finished, I decided I should do my neighbor’s also. When I went to tell Jax that I’d be next door shoveling our neighbor’s driveway he looked at me and said, “what are you doing that for?! He has a snowblower!” It was an opportunity to teach Jaxson about loving on other people just for the sake of loving on other people. He liked my answer and put on his boots to come and help me shovel snow.
I also felt the rewards of strangers sharing the love to people, from a door held open to my coffee being paid for not once but TWICE in one week! And in a profession that is so closely tied with me and who I am, receiving emails from clients letting me know how much they’ve treasured their photos makes my heart so happy.
In a time where so many people are screaming about the breakdown of our nation, the gun violence, the poor state of our economy or just the blunders of daily life, it can really be a lift to the spirit to know that there are
peopleA LOT of people who still want to make a difference in the world, one open door or smile at a time.
So I challenge you, even though the official Hallmark day of Valentine’s is half way over, continue spreading the love the rest of the year. What a wonderful place this world would be if we all just decided to love each other as God commanded us to do. If you want to share the ways you’ve been sharing YOUR love, join our Share the Love linkup: