I am rocking a sick baby, have a mountain of dirty laundry and cannot remember if I showered yesterday. I am also listening to little girls giggle, watching snow fall softly and drinking a hot cup of coffee. Life is beautiful even when it is not pretty.
I am pondering Jesus’ command to love one another. It is not just any old love we are to be bestowing on each other. We are to love like He loved. How do we even do that? What does that even look like in an all-about-me, have-it-your-way, drive-thru kind of world? How can you and I love each other well?
We can give grace.
As I type this, I have toys all over the floor and I totally missed a writing deadline last week. There is grace for that. There is also grace for messy kitchens, toothpaste in the sink and peanut butter sandwiches for supper. Grace, my friends, is a lovely thing. It is also a love thing. It is what we extend to each other because we know that life is difficult. It is me not judging you when I see you at the store in your pajama bottoms. It is you not judging me when I forget to scrub the toilet before you come over.
We can see each other.
It does not matter if you are a young, single adult or if you’re the old woman who lived in a shoe, life can be lonely. We cannot get so caught up in our own issues that we fail to see others. Smile at someone. Acknowledge someone. Make eye contact.
Look up from the grocery list and say, “good morning,” to a stranger in the produce department. Leave your phone in your pocket and make conversation with another person in the waiting room. We can love one another by seeing each other. Send a text to someone just letting them know that you were thinking of them. I received an unexpected text from a friend just saying that she loved me and, y’all, it just made my day. So, go on. Make someone’s day.
You are loved. Happy Monday.
~~~~Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.