Today’s Memory Lane Monday comes from an email I sent on 1/31/07. I spent last week in Jackson, juggling relaxing with visiting as many family members as I could with meeting up with friends and classmates. Yesterday, when it was time to leave, I wasn’t ready because I felt like I hadn’t really done everything or seen everybody I had intended to. But alas, I had to get back on the road. I say all that to say, at the end of the day, it’s all about love. Showing people, friends, family, and even strangers, love. We’re here on earth to make a difference in someone’s life, and who knows who it will be? Maybe just the fact that I spent a little time with my grandma, my granddaddy, my aunts, and my great-aunts was enough. Or maybe the fact that I spent a lil time catching up with old friends was enough. Or just maybe the short convo I had in the mall with a stranger at random was enough. Anywho, enjoy.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—when you now have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28
A major part of being Christians is our responsibility to love. And part of loving is giving–our time, our effort, our resources–to people in need. It’s not always something big that the Spirit urges us to give, but we often ignore those urges. You never know how a smile might have changed someone’s day. Or stopping to give someone directions. Or giving someone a dollar. Or helping someone with a homework assignment. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, especially for myself since I’m always on the go–every time Jesus stopped to helped someone in the Bible, he wasn’t just sitting there waiting to help someone–he was on his way somewhere, and he stopped what he was doing to assist that person in need. We should follow suit, and try to make sure we have a loving attitude throughout our day.