I love “just because”. It holds no obligation for a return. It says “This made me think of you, and I wanted to make you smile.” And guaranteed whether you are on the giving or receiving end of this act of just because, you will smile. Flowers. A note. A surprise planned event. Or an appropriate gift to suit one’s taste.
I’ve made it my goal that if I have a bad day or am feeling sour, I am going to look for someone or something to give to. A phone call. A gift. An encouraging email. I look for “just because” on pontentially grouchy days. Turn that sucker around!
I’m the kind of person that has this underlying feeling like I need to “always do my part” and sometimes that feeling leaks into my relationship with God. Thinking I must somehow earn what I am having faith for (oxymoron isn’t it!?).
I was looking up scriptures on faithfulness today and came across Deuteronomy 7:6-9. God is telling the Israelites (again) how He’d chosen them as His own special treasure, of all the people on earth. And He hadn’t doing it for any thing that they had done. But read in verse 8 where He says “Rather it was simply that the Lord loves you, and He was keeping the oath He had sworn to your ancestors.”
He is a God who lavishes His love and promise and keeps his covenant, even after the original recipients are long gone. Wow. Imagine keeping your promise when it won’t even matter any more to those you made it to! But God, He simply loves to keep His oath and lavish love. That is an amazing character trait of God.
Wow. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it! (I realize that’s so not politically correct, but seemed suitable at this moment!) 😉
Ok, Father, I would love for You to do a “just because” in my life this week. I’m open and waiting…