February is an interesting month, fewer days but because we so look forward to the spring, it seems like our struggle becomes more intense, in our quest, to leave the dark cold days behind. Yet, next week, we will brighten the lives of those we love by our guestures of love for them. It's like being in the sun, you just want to bask in the love of another. Thinking about others, places you on another level. Smile, you can endure all things, just knowing somehow, that love will get you through every circumstance, you become renewed.
If you do not know love, you are nothing but a clanging bell, an annoying thing. Love, on the other hand can change people, one at a time. It can lift you from despair and send your spirit soaring high above. Little things, little gestures mean a lot to those who haven't much. Just a smile or greeting can make a big difference in a person's life.
I may have been dreaming, but I think I heard that the divorce rate was up to 75 percent on the west coast, yesterday. Tell me, please, that I am wrong. The answer is clear, society now says "what can you do for me?" If you love me, you must do this...It's all about you. NO. It should be, what can I do for love? I cannot make you happy, but in my love for you, you will find happiness, because love never fails. We are called to love each other. Like, tag, pass those good loving and kind deeds around.
Distortion, everything has been turned to mean just the opposite and, as a result, we are chickens running around with our heads cut off. Have we become blindsighted? Several years ago, and several days ago, I heard people saying that they aren't baptising their children anymore. It used be said that "Oh, they'll decide when they get older." What a crock! Did you achieve grace on your own by what you said or did? (Eph2:2)"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, (8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
The carpet has been laid out for us to walk on, having been "prepared for us." He leads us in the path of Righteousness. The Holy Spirit, guides us, fills us with what we should say and do, as we are "His workmanship", God does not make junk. That path, is a path of love. What I did for the love of my children, was have them Baptised into the faith. This is easily understood as it was commanded by Christ Himself.
What I did and do for love, is to become humble, prayerful and obedient. Yesterday, on face book, someone asked the question, after reading a post concerning head coverings, should we be covering our head in church? Ladies all over the world "still" cover their heads, and I had to ask myself the question, when did we stop and why? How much faith and courage will it take to rise above what has become popular (not to), in order to do what is required, right and proper. That is the real question, isn't it? Because we live in a society that tells us "how we should think and what we should do, that step is a big one. What will people say, and think about "what I look like?" Sadly, most of us lack conviction for our faith.
Quiet, loving, humble and obedient, I stand before my God, head covered, not boasting of what I have done, but being His workmanship, what He has done through me, a sinner, asking for His mercy.
What have you done and what are you doing for Love? St. Valentine's day is next week, and commercialism is doing its job in telling us what we need. Teddy bears, flowers, chocolates, and pajamagrams. What we really need is to be loved unconditionally, just as we are. Just the way the Good Lord made us to be.
All gospel references were taken from the Orthodox Study Bible.
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