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December 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

Sticky Note Theology

Last night, after arriving home following the second of our two cantata presentations, I sat down in my living room chair and grabbed my iPad. As I flipped back the cover, I saw a yellow sticky note on the screen. It simply says, "I love you dad," followed by a colored-in heart. It's the handwriting of my daughter, Katie. She was alone in my office last night following the conclusion of the cantata, while her dad shook hands and practiced hospitality among those who had come to the worship experience.  It sent a "warm fuzzy" right to the center of this daddy's heart. And then tonight, after a great family meal celebrating my son Ben's birthday, I am told that she hid "yellow sticky notes" in several different places in my office. Makes me more excited about going to work tomorrow than usual.

My children and I have never been bashful about "I love you's." We end most phone calls with it, we part company with it, we say it in text messages. I think we have learned this from Betsy, who is the mother of "I love you's," at least for my family. They are most certainly VERY important words. Complacency and stagnation begin knocking on the door of marriage when those words are absent. Distance can develop between siblings when those words are neglected. Friendships can plateau when those words are assumed rather than said. Important words....for sure. 

But acting in loving ways infuses "I love you's" with a power that brings the words to life. Maybe that's why the most quoted verse in the Bible has such energy for us: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) God did not just say "I love you" and leave it at that. God acted - he gave His Son as the real life expression of "I love you." 

Oh, and then there's the whole Christmas thing. When the angel appeared to the shepherds that first Holy Night, God doesn't shout "I love you" from the halls of heaven. He sends shepherds to Bethlehem where they can see the living, breathing, enfleshed reality of His love sleeping in His mother's arms. 

"I love you." Never neglect the words. But while you're at it, give them some power - let them be SEEN in the ways you live, even if it's simply through a few yellow sticky notes......

Think on these things, and remember...

Keep Lookin' Up!

Pastor D.



Comments

12-18-2014 at 4:12 AM
Tom and Elaine Young
"I love you" sticky notes abound in our family as well......a great way to step back from technology and keep it personal with hand-written notes! If we could place a sticky note here in the blog it would say, "Thanks , Pastor David, we love you!"
12-16-2014 at 4:15 PM
DeWayne B. Greenlee
Amen! Enjoy your blogs!
12-16-2014 at 2:49 PM
Anne Bakker
I have been blessed with a family where "I Love you"s come easily, are shared daily, and are extended to those who need to hear it as well. Nothing makes me feel more cared for and cherished than those nightly "love you, Mom" texts from TX, and the daily I love yous from those still at home.
Thank you for sharing.
12-16-2014 at 2:45 PM
David Janz
Have found two more sticky notes so far.... :)
12-16-2014 at 8:09 AM
Jenny
Enjoy your blogs! Thanks for sharing!
12-15-2014 at 10:06 PM
Robyn Ohmer
This was a thing I did for the boys when they were younger. I'd stick notes in their lunch or in their bookbag. The days I found them in mine always touched my heart.
12-15-2014 at 8:41 PM
Tiffany
I remind my family words are only good if you back them up with the action, so this blog really hit home for me. Thank you for sharing these pieces of your life.
12-15-2014 at 8:24 PM
Adam G
Good stuff thank you
12-15-2014 at 7:35 PM
Beth Stanish
Thank you.
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