A Word with You - Aug. 9, 2011


Young Love, Young Letdown


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On our list of holidays that we all celebrate each year, I have a sneaking suspicion there might be one of them at least that was invented possibly by greeting card companies and florists. It's called Valentine's Day! Man, the valentines are flying. Of course our grandchildren when it was Valentine's Day...they were doing their part at school. Florists freak out and then they count their shekels the next day. And, of course, I even did my part by helping some struggling greeting card company. I had to; of course, get one for the woman I love.

And I get to celebrate on that day a lifetime love that God's given me in my amazing wife. But occasionally Valentine's Day gives me a flashback of a not-so-happy romantic memory; back in the day when I was 13 and sure that I was in love. Right!

Let's call this junior high heartthrob "Cindy." I remember combing the stores on our little town's main street for the perfect gift for Cindy - something to let her know I had feelings for her. Well, I bought the nicest necklace that a few weeks' allowance could afford - a heart-shaped necklace, of course. I wrapped it in this mushy note I'd written, put it in an envelope and then I left it on her desk in study hall.

The next day she passed by my desk and, as my heart beat loud enough to dance to, she silently left an envelope on my desk. There was a brief moment of excited anticipation, followed by one massive letdown. It was the envelope I'd given her...with my note and my necklace inside. Yeah, I was crushed. She had rejected the love gift I'd spent everything on.

eated by Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16). And only He has the un-loseable love that will anchor us and complete us.

It must hurt God a lot to have spent so much and have us care so little. But He's a stubborn lover. He's back again today; He's offering His love to someone who's listening right now.

Respond to His love. Accept the gift that He died to give you. Open your heart and tell Him where you are today, "Dear Jesus, thank you for the price you paid for my sin. Today I give me to You." And I want to encourage you to go to our website if you're at a point of wanting to be sure you belong to Him - YoursForLife.net. You'll find so much help and encouragement there.

This could be the day that you find the Love that you've been looking for all your life!

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
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Originally published August 09, 2011.