My daughter was recently at Target (her second address) with the kids, shopping for Mother’s Day cards. Lilli was in the back of the buggy (I’m sure either begging for a cookie, or already eating one), as Emmie’s reading different cards. Finally, Lilli, no doubt bored, decided to include herself in what was happening.
“What’s it say, Momma?”
“It says, ‘Mom, there’s no one like you.'”
“What?! No one likes you??? I like you, Momma!!”
Cute, huh? I just love that Lilli was not only horrified at the thought that no one liked her mother, but was also very quick to make sure her momma knew there was at least one person who did! She was taking good care of her mother’s heart, and knew inherently to do that.
We’re born to care, you and I. We’re wired to love. To love freely, eyes wide open to the needs around us, the hurting, the lonely. If someone is embracing the notion that no one likes them, it might be the day that we’re supposed to step in and remind them that at least one person does. You may not know them, but they can certainly feel valued by receiving a smile…a simple, kind acknowledgement that they’re alive. That they matter. That they count in this big ol’ world. And if we really want to go crazy, we could even remind them that there’s Someone else who doesn’t just like them…there’s Someone who LOVES them. They aren’t ever alone, but are, in fact, NEVER alone because of His love for them.
In fact, let me be the one to remind you of that truth today, because maybe, just maybe, you’re the one who needs to hear it. Let your heart rest in the comfort of knowing the God of the Universe is wild about you; head over heels. Soak in the truth of the reminder, and be thankful.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:7-10 NIV
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” John 3:16-17 MSG
“So encourage each other and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT