A new LOVE day …

It is 10:24 pm the night before Valentine’s Day and I haven’t figured out what “special” thing we’ll do for our kids in the morning. Pinterest don’t fail me now! I joke, sorta. The pressure is there, can you feel it? I was already beating myself up for purchasing the store-bought Valentines because life has just been too busy for another project. So here I sit … pondering, and then blogging.

What is my heart behind giving a valentine on this Hallmark holiday? A smile? A cute IG picture? My child’s reputation? My reputation? It’s to celebrate LOVE. To be kind and thoughtful. It is purposeful. RIght? Isn’t that why we pour over Pinterest? Stay up late and bake? Decorate the house? Um, ya. But for some reason tonight and for the last few weeks I feel a bit overwhelmed. Not by the pressure of finding the perfect Valentine’s day craft, but because as a believer in Jesus, this should happen everyday. And believe me, I don’t act like everyday is Valentine’s day. For sure.

Wouldn’t it be easier if everyone had their hurts written on their foreheads? Then, when we walked past someone, we could simply read it and act {or not, I guess that option exists as well}. To give. To help. To love. To hug. To offer a kind word. To help financially. To pray. To have eyes like Jesus. You might be rejecting the idea of wearing your hurts on the outside for others to see.  Wear a mask. HIDE IT! “Ain’t got time for all that mess.” As a church, I think we have failed in that way. But the truth is we ARE messy.  The messy, dark, and hurtful places are best concealed. Or so we think. But, for those whose eyes are opened to the mercy of Jesus understand that the darkness cannot hide the light. The Gospel is fearless. It pierces. It saves. It heals.

Pause for a minute and consider the kind of parent you would be if God opened your eyes to the hurts of your children. When talking with our children we could read “afraid” or “insecure” or “alone” and with the power of God’s spirit we could breath life and soothe a hurt? Better yet, when frustrated and impatient, we could read their struggle and bring healing instead of pouring salt on a wound.

The stranger you pass on the street … “worthless”

The server … “tired”

The friend … “hopeless”

… “empty”

… “unnoticed”

… “ugly”

…”addict”

… “unfaithful”

… “shamed”

… “depressed”

We live in a crazy, fast-paced, unforgiving world. We need more days like Valentine’s Day. More days to stop and focus more on love and grace.  We’d all agree that this kind of action would be better than any store bought Valentine. Yes? The beauty in all of this is that while we read the hurts of others and ask God how we can be his hands and feet, we, too, have our struggles written on our foreheads and someone else is reading. Someone else is praying for us and asking God how they can serve us.

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What would the church look like then? Vulnerable. Real. Solely dependent on God. It would be the Gospel lived out. And this would be a true LOVE day.

“We are coming to the end of all things, so be serious and keep your wits about you in order to pray more forcefully. Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults.  Show hospitality to each other without complaint. Use whatever gift you’ve received for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of God’s grace in all its varieties. If you’re called upon to talk, speak as though God put the words in your mouth; if you’re called upon to serve others, serve as though you had the strength of God behind you. In these ways, God may be glorified in all you do through Jesus the Anointed, to whom belongs glory and power,    now and forever. Amen.”

1 Peter 4:7-10

With love, KC

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4 Responses to A new LOVE day …

  1. Angie Miller says:

    Perfect!! ❤️

  2. Cynthia C. Miller says:

    KC,
    Thank you for a beautiful message of love and the reminder that every day should be a day of love.
    Cynthia

  3. Mom/MiMi says:

    This not only made me cry… because of your love for Jesus and how He’s using you as His messenger, but… It also convicted me… These were the quotes we shared in Bible Study this week in AZ!
    1Peter 3:1b
    So that IF any of them (family/friends) do not believe the word, they may be won over by your behavior…
    • A person’s actions will tell you everything you need to know…
    • You are what you do – not what you say you’ll do…
    • Don’t listen to what people say – watch what they do…
    • Prove to me your not like the rest…
    • Actions speak louder than words…
    • What you do… speaks so loudly – that I cannot hear what you say…
    • Your words will tell others what you think
    • Your actions will tell others what you believe
    I Love you daughter… You are a blessing to us and many… keep writing. All my friends are getting this awesome reminder of why we’re here. To share HIS AMAZING LOVE!

  4. loved this. can’t wait to see you so soon!

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