Sheila's Reflections                                                   

“Love In Action”

February 2009

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3:18


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and in our culture has become a day set aside to express our love for special ones in our life. We tend to affirm this with showering them with an assortment of differing gifts ranging from candy, jewelry, tools, sports equipment, a piece of furniture, flowers, dinner at a restaurant, fragrance, tickets to a special event, etc…and top it off with a meaningful card. These are very thoughtful gifts and exciting to receive because they stir up warm and cozy feelings of being loved by and precious to someone. But if this is the only time of the year you express your love for those in your world, or maybe you just skip it all together thinking it’s a bunch of baloney, you my friend should not expect a warm reception to your gift and are in dire need of a wake-up call! 

You see, if we expect our overtures of love to be accepted with enthusiasm then we must be willing to put into practice acts of love throughout the year and not just when a date on the calendar says to do so. Showing love just one day a year won’t cut it. Maybe you’ve never experienced love in action; therefore you haven’t the faintest idea how to express it to those you really care about. So below I will try to paint a word picture of what it looks like to some people, because contrary to popular belief words alone will never make the grade. 

- To some love is coming home to a clean house and a hot meal.

- To some it’s you being genuinely interested in what they are interested in.

- To some it’s being shown unquestionable respect.

- To some it’s being surprised with an unexpected gift.

- To some it’s receiving words of appreciation for the things they do.

- To some it’s time spent together even though they had to work at making it happen.

Now that you’re gotten a glimpse of what love in action looks like to some people, it’s entirely up to you to figure out what it looks like to those closest to your heart. I’ve found the best way to do that is to simply ask them. I promise it will be well worth the effort!


God bless you until our next visit,


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