by Susanne Dietze
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
It’s easy to tell my husband that I love him. He’s God’s gift to me, and what a gift. We daily say “I love you,” but it’s important to show him love, too. One way we nourish our relationship is by showing each other little acts of affection, like when I send notes in his work bag and prepare his favorite foods.
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Well, not all of his favorite foods. There’s Raisin Pie to consider. When Thanksgiving rolls around, I brace myself for his request. He loves Raisin Pie, and I absolutely do not. Because I don’t eat it, I never want to bake it, even though it makes my husband happy.
It’s easier for me to show love when I enjoy the task or the outcome of my work (like when I bake a flavor of pie that I enjoy eating, too). But when opportunities arise to show love in ways that aren’t as enjoyable, we can rise to the occasion by doing the task out of love for God, showing devotion to Him in a way that also blesses others.
St. Thèrése of Lisieux, the nineteenth century Carmelite nun, wrote, “I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness."
When we deliberately sit at the potluck with the person who gets on our nerves, or clean a stranger's mess at the food court in the mall, or make Raisin Pie for the sheer love of our God, we “give pleasure to Jesus.” We can transform each chore or irritant into an act of devotion to God by doing the task cheerfully for Him.
I'll be keeping that in mind. After all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I have a pie to bake.
What sorts of small acts could you offer that would show love to God and those around you?
Have you ever had raisin pie? If you're like me and prefer something else, what's your favorite flavor?