Nothing Fancy

There's a song I love by Dave Barnes, a romantic song, that says,
 "There's nothing fancy 'bout the way I love you.
Simple as the stars in the sky, the blue in the sea.
Nothing fancy 'bout the way I love you.
...But I love you as hard as I can."
I was reminded this week that small things done with great love can mean the world. Love doesn't have to be fancy. It's in the every day love. Kissing a baby, smiling as a stranger passes by, sending a hand-written card in the mail to remind someone you pray for them, flowers sent to someone you love for no particular reason at all (guys who may read, take note! girls love this.) even opening a door for someone else to walk through first.
How simple yet monumental in a person's life can little things done with great love be.
{reading this to myself every day....}
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 Love never fails."
-1 Corinthians 13:1-8

 photo credit: joshua telle
It happened to me this week. A hundred little ways that the Lord showed me His love for me through a person in my life. In a package I got from my kindred spirit, sent to me for my birthday all the way from across the US. In the thoughtful email I got from my sister one day, making me smile widely. In a chat with my mom, who listens ever so intently and selflessly. In sharing a cappucino with a friend, crying and laughing through life. In the homemade raspberry crepes my dear friend carefully made for me as I've been sick.
Do you realize, we all have the power to share the love of Christ with others? Even just one person. I want to be more faithful in carrying the Gospel to everyone I meet, sometimes simply through practical acts of love and kindness. For these can add up to be the biggest, after all.

To love!

Happy weekend.