In reading my Upper Room devotional this morning, I was reminded that God created a universal language. LOVE.
It matters not if you understand what another person speaks, what they wear, how they look… It’s our own insecurities that make us fearful, doubtful, and cause us to be separated. But the sharing of a smile, the offering of food, drink, and comfort speaks loudly in any language and breaks through self-erected barriers. Love is universal. It’s a gift worth sharing. It doesn’t cost a penny and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Sharing love is a gift that is regifted!
During this busy Christmas rush where everyone is frantically shopping for gifts to wrap under the tree, many will wear frowns and many will be smiling. I’ve learned that the quickest way to turn a frown upside down is to not ignore it, but to smile at the person, look them in the eye, and wish them a good day, a Merry Christmas, or just say hi.
The other evening my hubby and I were eating dinner at a local restaurant. The waitress would not smile. She wasn’t unpleasant, but she acted like we were the last people she wanted to wait on. Didn’t stop me! I continued to say thank you, smile, and act as if she was a favored friend. Before long, she started smiling and talking and even sat at the booth across from us and listened as my husband told stories about his first car…a model with a crank…when he was 14 years old. She was young and totally engrossed in his storytelling. She talked about her grandmother, and about how she had two little children. By the time we left the restaurant, I felt truly blessed, and I believe this young lady received the gift we gave her. The gift of love.
I Corinthians 13:3-7 (MSG) If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t know love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.
Love is the universal language and the perfect gift to give this Christmas and every day of your life.