You are loved

Let’s cut to the chase. It’s finals week. As such, I’m thinking that I’m going to keep this as short and to the point as possible and let you get back to your studying a little more uplifted than before.

A few weeks ago, my mom was sitting in one of our church services trying to have a personal moment and consider what it was in her life that would bring her closer to Christ. As she pondered, a little boy from the pew behind poked her in the shoulder but she ignored him, assuming he was just being rambunctious. He was persistent and asked for her attention again, so this time she ceded and turned around to see what it was that this little boy could possibly want. She looked behind her, he stared right back and told her, “I love you.” What a powerful statement. My mother had never had interaction with him before, but this young boy could confidently say that he loved her.

I think that we sometimes withhold our love, convinced that we don’t have the time or energy to show someone our love. However, these are just hollow excuses, especially in the Christmas season that celebrates the love our Heavenly Father had for us in sending His Only Begotten Son to save us. Sometimes we also turn a blind eye to God’s expressions of His love for us, once again convinced that we don’t have the time or energy to look for His divine signatures in our lives. Find them. Please don’t get so caught up in finals or Christmas shopping that you forget that life is about love: receiving the Lord’s love and sharing it with others. So lift your head up and see that beautiful sunset at the end of a hard day, send a friend a text letting them know that they mean a lot to you, keep your eyes open for opportunities to give and receive love. If this sweet little boy could do it so freely, we can too.

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