“A neighbor stopped by last night to ask if I would watch his house for a few days,” Stan commented one morning. “He wants me to take in the mail and just keep an eye out to see that everything is okay.”
“They going somewhere?” I asked.
“Yeah,” Stan replied. “He said they’re going on a road trip down the coast to get out of the heat.”
“Good for them,” I said. “That should be much cooler. When are they leaving?”
“Tomorrow,” Stan replied. “And my neighbor mentioned that he had taken his car over to Mike’s Auto Repair to have the oil changed and checked out before they head out on the road.”
“Good idea to make sure everything is okay before they leave,” I commented.
“That’s what my neighbor said he wanted,” Stan replied. “He also said that when he picked up the car there was a spiritual lesson waiting for him.”
“A spiritual lesson at Mike’s?” I said. “What was that all about?”
“Apparently Mike had indicated everything was fine with the car,” Stan replied, “but my neighbor said that when he got in the car he was reminded of something that may not be fine.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“Well,” Stan replied, “he indicated that when he started the car, the music he heard on the radio was from Mike’s favorite station. Mike must have been listening to it when he took the car out for a test to see if everything was okay.”
“What music did he heard?”
“It’s a song that was first recorded a long time ago, and has been done by a lot of different people, but the version my neighbor heard was a country version of ‘Have I told you lately that I love you.’”
“And what wasn’t fine about that?” I asked.
“My neighbor said he was immediately convicted by the Holy Spirit asking him how long it had been since he had told God that he loved Him.”
“Oh,” I responded. “That’s a good question for me as well.”
“And me,” Stan replied.
Bible verses to consider:
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Mark 12:30.
If you love Me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . . Galatians 5:22.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you so loved the world, including me, that you gave your only begotten Son so that I can have life with you for eternity when my time here is completed, as well as the eternal life of knowing you and Jesus before then. Thank you, too, for allowing me to love you with all of my being. I confess that too often I do not tell you how much I love you. As well, I do not demonstrate my love for you the way you intend. Please forgive me and please help me in following every step of your lead so I do love you, I do tell you that I love you, and I do demonstrate that love by the way I live the life you have given me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Do you love God? If so, do you tell Him and do you demonstrate that love by the way you live your life? If you sense you may need to make some changes in loving God, in telling Him, and in demonstrating your love for Him, how are those changes going to occur? Is that what you want? Why or why not?