The beauty of the holidays is the reconnection with family and friends. Somewhere along the way, we realize that we haven't spoken to so and so for months, weeks, years even. Our hearts yearn to connect with them. For many, it's like yesterday and we pick up where we left off.
For me, that's the "magic" of the season. The Re-Connection with loved ones. The ties that bind us one to another are the ties that define whom we are.
I Corinthians 13:4-13 NIV reads: "(4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (8) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part, (10) but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. (11) When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (12) For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (13) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Love. What it all boils down to is love. Title and positions don't matter. Money and gifts don't matter. Love matters. It should be core, the center of your words and actions. We all should care enough to make the "magic" of this season last all year through so that the "magic" stays. Love is that magic. It is what guides us one to another. Love is the tie.
If you haven't done so, take time and love on someone that you may have lost connection with. Take the time to sit and listen. Tomorrow is promised to none of us. Do you really want to leave your earthly body with hatred left in your heart? Do you want to leave here knowing that someone is wondering if you loved them?
Here is the challenge: look through your phone and find that one. Call them. No texting. If email is the only way you have to communicate with them, then keep it simple. Say hello and ask for their number so that you can call them sometime. When you get the number, call immediately. Don't wait. Don't think. Let your heart have it's say. Know this, it is harder to mend the bridge with holes than the one on a solid foundation. But, Jesus was a carpenter. If you strive to be like Him, then pull out your hammer and mend the bridge.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Be A Blessing and Not Just Blessed.
- - Nakya