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I recently had an experience in a fast-food restaurant that reminded me of what it is to love without conditions.
Walking toward the drink machine, I saw a little girl of about three waiting while her dad filled their cups. The girl saw me and ran to me, smiling, and I smiled back. The girl’s dad walked over and explained that his daughter had never run up to a stranger that way before. I said I must look like someone the girl knows.
Thanksgiving has barely passed, yet television commercials, malls and neighborhood decorations have already begun to shift our attention. Preparations for Black Friday and Cyber Monday begin and shoppers plan to camp out in parking lots, sometimes for days, to take advantage of the promise of big sales. We start making lists and checking them twice. We get ready for the “Bowl Games,” prepare for annual dinners and parties, and put our minds into “gift-mode” in celebration of Christmas.
How many times do you need to say “thank you” before it’s enough? Your spouse is wonderful, and you tell him/her that all the time. This is the 1,637th time he’s vacuumed the living room – surely he won’t need to be thanked again. Will he?
Is there a set amount of Scripture that’s enough to know? You’ve memorized more Scripture verses than your church leaders. You have your arsenal to quote. Often. Your phone has a Bible app. Every room in your house has a different verse displayed. You read the Bible daily. Yes. You’re Biblically well-versed.