Today I listened to another tape from Focus on the Family and it was called "A Man Called Norman." The tape was about a man who befriended his neighbor, Norman. Norman was not an easy person to be friends with. He was a hemit, had few social graces, and no friends. Norman was loved by God, however, and He led Mike to be a friend to Norman.
So I started thinking about the people to whom I show love. It's easy to love people who are like me. It's much harder to love someone who smells, or dresses funny, or talks funny. It's hard to love someone who has a lot of needs - who will take up a lot of my time. It's not so hard to write a check and send it in the mail to an organization that needs it. It might be a bit of a sacrifice to give money. But it is so much harder to make the sacrifices of time or reputation. What will people think if they see me with that person? I just don't have time to spare - I have my job, and my home to take care of. I only see my husband on the weekends - so I'm just not available to help. These are just a few of the arguments I have with myself.
If I really love God, then I need to love those that need my love the most. That might mean the staff person at school that doesn't really get along with anyone else. Or there might be someone in my neighborhood that needs a friend.
Who can you show love to today?