“What I’m getting at, friends,
is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning.
When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience.
Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up.
Better yet, redouble your efforts.
Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God.
That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you,
God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.”
“Let’s make cookies!” My Mom would say, and she’d always have the ingredients available too. We’d come home from church and the second after the last dinner dish was done, someone would start this almost-weekly- ritual of making chocolate chip cookies.
We’d always double batches. I wasn’t exactly sure why, except that I knew there’d be a lot of cookies in the end. We’d sit around the kitchen table and eat as many cookies as we wanted; drinking milk, and visiting together.
Undoubtedly, my Mom would say, “Now who should we give some to?” And we’d almost always come up with someone. So-and-so just had surgery, so-and-so is struggling with something, or a new family just moved in down the street.
She’d plate the cookies on a colorful paper plate, grab the plastic wrap and use scotch tape to keep those plastic wrap ends adhered to the bottom. She’d send one of us to go get some ribbon from the ribbon bin, and we’d pick something to match the plate. Her bows were always beautiful. (There was love even in her bows.) And a quick little note of kindness was always attached just perfectly under it.
The newest driver in the home always did the honors. A few of us would hop in the back of the car with jammies and bare feet, and run to the door for a quick delivery. Sometimes disguised, sometimes deliberate. But always with love.
And all these years later, with a family of my own, I’m suggesting like her, “Let’s make cookies” and we “double batch” just like she did. We sit down and eat together and then wonder on who we can give our cookies to. And I realize there’s power in doubling, because those extra cookies become a symbol of God’s love through us, to them.
INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION:
“ And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
What small efforts can you make to show God’s love to others? When was the last time you doubled the batch?
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