Done in Love

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I read the sign in front of a veterinary clinic as I drove past.

“DEAF PETS HEAR WITH THEIR HEARTS.”

Those words went straight to mine….

I have a fifteen year old Basset Hound.

Her eyesight is failing and she can barely hear.

Sometimes, I pick up one long ear (they are several inches in length) and say, “I love you” directly into it.

I hope she hears it.

If she doesn’t, I hope that she feels it in her heart when I brush her, give her a bath, take her for a walk or put my arms around her and hold her sweet doggy face near mine.

As you can tell, I truly do love my dog.

But after only seconds had past from my reading of the sign, I thought about it in a different way.

Certainly, deaf pets hear with their hearts.

The ones that have good ears do, as well.

Not only that, I believe that PEOPLE hear with their hearts.

Babies do.

Children do.

Teenagers do.

Adults do.

We may not hear the words, “I love you,” but we feel it when love is shown to us in the actions of others.

The thoughtful remembrances.

An outstretched hand.

The sympathy card.

The home cooked meal.

The flat tire fixed.

The tender hug.

Just sitting near us when we’re sad.

Just cheering from the stands when we’re out on the field….

God wants us to love each other.

1 Corinthians 16:14 reads, “Let all that you do be done in love.”

I have an idea for another sign.

It should read,

“ALL PEOPLE HEAR WITH THEIR HEARTS.”

Wouldn’t you agree?

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Blessed is the Nation

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people He chose for His inheritance.
 From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
 from His dwelling place He watches
    all who live on earth—
  He who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

—Psalm 33:12-15

God considers what the people of my country do.

God considers what the people of my state do.

God considers what the people of my county do.

God considers what the people of my city do.

God considers what the people living on my street do.

God considers what I do.

Blessed are the people who God considers and finds that they are trusting in Him with hearts of faith.

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While We Were Still

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I heard the song for the first time playing in the background while at a restaurant tonight.

Not recognizing it, I listened more intently to the lyrics.

Being a love song, the main idea was that the singer wanted more than anything to just be “somebody” to the other person.

As I listened, I began thinking that I was already “somebody” to Jesus.

In fact, you are, too.

We do not have to hope and hope or worry and wonder if we are important to Him.

We don’t have to work at impressing Him in order to be noticed.

We don’t have to sink into sadness if we learn that He really doesn’t care, after all.

That won’t ever happen, because He will never stop caring about us or offering us His love.

His love will remain constant.

It is up to us to respond to that love.

He suffered and died for us on the cross because we were “somebody” important to Him.

Somebody worth dying for.

Somebody worth offering eternal life to.

Never forget—you are somebody to Jesus.

Who is Jesus to you?

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
—Romans 5:8

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