the little things.

i’ve always been a fan of the little things in life — you know, stuff like getting a box of new crayolas or getting free water at a restaurant. i just think there’s something about the little things in our life that make things brighter, maybe even happier if you will.

embrace the little things. share those small, sometimes seemingly insignificant moments with someone you love. i went to the doctor today and saw a unc med school degree hanging on the wall, which instantly made me think of my friend olivia who just got into unc med school. i told her i saw it and thought of her and how awesome it was that she’d have one of those to hang up soon, and that in itself made her day.

i love it when i can do that. you know, make someone’s day. isn’t that the best feeling in the world?

i like to try and make it a point to make someone’s day a little better everyday. isn’t that why we’re here? i mean, God put us on earth to do His will and we are called to show love and compassion to everyone around us.

earlier today i finished reading the book blue like jazz by donald miller — it was great, i highly recommend it. in one of the chapters, miller mentions mother teresa and how she found the strength to love so many people. what was her response?

she said she loved people because they are Jesus.

wild concept, right? it’s a concept that my church (shoutout to summit rdu/brier creek south!) believes, too, and one that i try to live by — love God, love people.

she loved people because they are Jesus (see 1 john 4:12). i mean it makes sense though, doesn’t it? we are God’s people, His creation, made in His image. now to me, that is a pretty wild concept. every single person on this planet was made in God’s image. that’s just too cool.

i love romans 13:8 (i love the whole book of 1 john, too, particularly the third and fourth chapters, but there’s no way i’d type all of that out on here at this present time, so i encourage you to check it out when you get the chance!) — i think paul puts it pretty bluntly for us:

let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

we have this awesome opportunity to love one another, to share special little moments with people.

it’s those seemingly insignificant moments that can make a world of difference. showing the smallest loving, thoughtful action can completely change someone’s day. my dad and a few of my sunday school teachers from long ago would call this “being Jesus to someone” — i know i’ve been affected by things of this nature many times and am forever grateful for those people who have been there with umbrellas on all my rainy days.

all in all, let’s make a pact to love, and not just love the people like us, but to love everyone, to share meaningful moments with many. let’s make some days, friends. a little bit of love can go a long way.

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