Love and Color
Thursday, May 14th
Love and Color
While looking for shampoo in Target earlier this week, I heard the following exchange between an older couple.
Wife: Honey, do you still love me despite my hair turning gray?
Husband: Why wouldn’t I? I’ve loved you through 3 other colors.
I would love to have been a fly on the window for that car ride home.
A friend of mine posted a story on Facebook recently that really spoke to me. It was about a little girl who was staying with her Nana and they were in the yard playing. The little girl saw the UPS truck coming and got real excited thinking it was her daddy. Her Nana told her it couldn’t be because his route was in a different part of town. As the truck passed their driveway the little girl was waving big to the driver. He waved back at her just as big. The little girl said, you’re right Nana, he had hair and my daddy is bald.
Here is what touched me about this story. The little girl and her Nana were Caucasian, and the UPS driver was African American. The little girl didn’t see color. She saw hair.
I started thinking about what we see when we look at others. Do we judge others by the color of their skin? Their nationality? Where they live? What they drive? Their denomination?
It is easy to love people that are “like us”. But what about those that are different? Those that don’t speak, look, act or believe like we do.
“God’s definition is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love. I believe God wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them. I believe He wants us to be known for giving – of our time, our money and our abilities.”
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
“But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Love is manifested in different ways. It is taking the time to support, encourage, serve and pray for others. A heart that has a love for God, will see these things as opportunities and not obligations.
Loving others isn’t always easy, especially mean, hurtful, self-centered what’s in it for me kind of people. However, doesn’t that describe each one of us at some time or another? I can tell you that there are many days I ask God how He could love me after the way I have acted or a wrong attitude I have had, etc.
None of us are easy to love all the time.But I am thankful that the God of the universe, loved us enough to send His only Son to die on the cross for our sins that we may have eternal life.And, that He loves us with an unconditional, extraordinary, crazy kind of love.
Until next week……. Don’t forget to smile (and wash your hands)! Tammy