As I write at my parent’s dining room table, there’s somebody sleeping on the couch in the next room. The house is packed with family, and one unlucky soul ended up on the couch.
Upon closer inspection, I discover the person on the sofa is none other than my mom. The oldest one in the house, and the owner of the home, had given up her room to some of her grandchildren! Had I known, I would have offered her my spot. But, I think she would have insisted otherwise; she has always put others ahead of herself. Quietly, without drawing any attention to the sacrifices – she just places others first.
Looking back, I realize her mother did likewise. I remember similar family gatherings when I was the grandchild, and Grandma was the selfless giver. At meal time, when dessert was being served, Grandma would always let the plate pass and say, “Oh, I don’t believe I care for any.” I was too young to recognize back then that she likely wanted a piece of that pie as much as anyone else. But, what she was really saying was, “It looks like there may not be enough for all these teenagers, so I’ll defer to them.” Little did these ladies know that others were watching and learning (well, hopefully learning – I have so far yet to go).
Sharing Christ’s love doesn’t always lead to a mission trip, a long-term ministry, or anything of the sort. Sometimes, demonstrating the love of Christ simply means letting others stay dry under the umbrella, giving up your room, or letting others have that piece of pie.
How will you share His love today? –Dave
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
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