I had something really cool happen to me earlier this week. Many will think the phone call I received isn't that big of a deal but it really made an impact on me.
One of my next door neighbors called and said, "Jim, this is Nancy. Are you OK?"
I told her I was fine and I inquired why she was asking.
She said, "Well Mike was mentioning just the other day that he hadn't seen you outside for a while and he said he was concerned. And the more I thought about it I got concerned too."
I told her I was fine and that I truly appreciated their concern for me.
After we hung up, I sat there and I really felt cared for and loved. I have some awesome neighbors but I don't know any of them really well. Yet, this couple thought enough of me to call me to make sure everything was OK. That is love. I didn't feel I deserved it, but I sure appreciated it!
And that is something each of us can do regularly. We don't have to know others well. Yet we can show them love by simply showing them we care about them.
I have heard it said that the Bible can be summarized in four words: Love God, love people. On this Valentines day, let's remember that!
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and ith all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Matthew 22:37-39