Tuesday, February 12, 2013

more than a Hallmark day

Some thoughtful friends (here deemed 'the sugar plum fairies') delivered some homemade Christmas cookies over the holiday.
Isn't it such a busy time - our holiday seasons; planning, shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking yummy cookies... twinkle lights, visiting neighbors, A Christmas Memory & "fruitcake weather", traveling, special dinners, family, friends...

Now we have moved from Christmas and New Year's celebrations to all the activities of each month. 
Though national holidays and Hallmark card days remind us about "little acts of kindness", I often get tired of that trite commercialization.  Sometimes even the Valentine conversation hearts seem less nostalgic and just pretty awful tasting candy.

I must chastise myself for deflecting the real issue and find it is a deceitful conduit for mediocrity and apathy.  A convenient, moral sounding excuse to label it secular shallowness. That kind of thinking is usually more about myself rather than a right perspective. Well, because thoughtfulness is always in style and, as Christians ,we are to display the love of God in everything we do for the glory of his name not because of a predefined holiday.  We should capture those reminders, regardless of the marketing :-), and use them so others will see Christ displayed through our actions and words.

If our life then is hidden in Christ, we seek to show his love and character; Colossians 3 states we must:
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Maybe it is a good time to make some Valentine treats and share them with our friends and neighbors.  We can use this time to remind them, or introduce them to, the great love that is lavished upon us that we might be called children of God (1 John 3:1).

Grace and love for each day.