MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:12-13 ESV
LOVE WINS WHEN IT’S APPRECIATION
During his days as president, Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling across the country on horseback. They came to a river which had left its banks because of a recent downpour. The swollen river had washed the bridge away. Each rider was forced to cross the river on horseback, fighting for his life against the rapid currents. The very real possibility of death threatened each rider, which caused a traveler who was not part of their group to step aside and watch. After several had plunged in and made it to the other side, the stranger asked President Jefferson if he would ferry him across the river. The president agreed without hesitation. The man climbed on, and shortly thereafter the two of them made it safely to the other side. As the stranger slid off the back of the saddle onto dry ground, one in the group asked him, “Tell me, why did you select the president to ask this favor of?” The man was shocked, admitting he had no idea it was the president who had helped him. “All I know,” he said, “Is that on some of your faces was written the answer ‘No,’ and on some of them was the answer ‘Yes.’ His was a ‘Yes’ face.” (Swindoll, The Grace Awakening)
The face of grateful people always looks different than the face of the ungrateful. The lives of grateful people often look different than the lives of ungrateful people. It’s not uncommon to say, “What can I do for you?” after someone has been generous or done something kind for you. In John 15, Jesus was telling the disciples what they could do for Him as an expression of appreciation for His generosity. He wanted them to love one another.
Going back to our opening story, what is written on your face today? Will the people you encounter today see a face that says, “I have been so blessed and I want to share God’s love with you too?” Or will they see a face that says, “No”? Take some time to look in the mirror today and tell your face how good God has been to you and tell your face to let it show.