In the fast paced world we live in, everything seems more complex the more simple things are made. Phones for example. Manufacturers work to refine its capabilities to help make them more user friendly. Each new version of the phone has more features to help the consumer simplify life. Have you used a smart phone recently? While by the touch of your finger you can activate apps and make phone calls, there is so much on the “smartphone” this average gal cannot even understand, let alone use. Or let’s talk about television remotes that are suppose to connect the DVD player, surround sound and the television, so that you can simply turn on everything and control it from one remote. It is not that simple (at least for this chick) to get it all to work. I usually have to call on someone to come to my rescue. Again, the more simplified things are made these days, the more complex they seem to be.
I think daily we miss out on simple things. Jesus said to go and love others.
He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27
How are we doing in that department? How are we reaching out and loving others? It does not have to be complex; it can be perfectly simple. Here are some ways:
1) Bake or buy a pie and give it to someone with a note that says, “I was thinking of you today. May God Bless You.” Simple and effective.
2) Call someone. We have forsaken the gift of gab. Sure we can text and get a quick answer, shoot an email and reply within two minutes, but there is something about hearing someone’s voice that allows you to step into their world, listening to their heart, words and feeling their emotions. Deeper connections are made when we are speaking rather than texting, “Hi, how r u?” When we text, we shorten the words just to “get ‘er done” quicker! The whole texting conversation says, “This is going to be short and sweet,” without even having to say it, just by in how we write.
3) Be purposeful in whatever you are doing with people. Take time to listen and really listen. If you ask a stranger or family member, “How are you?” Listen to what they have to say. Lending an ear costs nothing but a few minutes of your time, but it means the world to someone else.
4) Write a love letter. Tell someone who means a lot to you that you love them with the gift of ink, paper and your words. This can be your spouse, your parent, your child or your siblings. So often we assume that they “know” we love them. Why not reinforce it but sharing from our hearts, using our hands and inking it on paper. To know someone took time to write me a note would mean the world.
5) Do it first. So many times we do not do something like this, because we are waiting for someone to do it for us. Let us be the first to step across the line and make the call, write the note, bake the pie, knock on the door next door or stop and listen.
Lastly, let us slow down enough in life to do what we were called to do first: Love God then love others. When we have ourselves so consumed, busy and running that we cannot do this one commandment, I think we need to stop and evaluate what we are doing and why we are doing it. Many things are good, but not all good things are the right things for us. If our schedules are so crammed we cannot do the one commandment that Jesus summed up in the Book of Luke, “Houston, we have a problem!”
Whatever you do, do it with all your heart. Purpose to love someone else then enjoy the blessings of peace and joy that follow.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35