1 Peter 4:8
“Above all, love each other deeply…” (NIV)
My friends, today it’s really simple.
A few months ago I was in the common room of a nursing home. It’s where the residents pick up their mail.
A nearby elevator door opened and two ladies came out pushing their walkers. Going to the mailbox in the common room was clearly a daily routine they relished and looked forward to.
One of them bent over and grabbed her keys out of her basket. She then opened her mail slot. “Nothing,” she said. “I guess nobody loves me.”
She chuckled… kind of.
I don’t know anything about that lady. But in that moment I do think I learned a deep human truth:
We believe people love us when people tell us they love us.
Today, tell someone you love them. You don’t need to write a soliloquy fitting for a Shakespearean play. Nor do you need to be a gift-buying, glittery-eyed extrovert who has a perfect plan.
Just be real. Just be you… to someone you love. Maybe even someone you’ve started to take for granted.
The people you love believe that you love them when you actually take a moment to tell them.
By Matthew Ruttan
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