“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:18
Each Saturday morning we visit granny.
My sweet mans 86 year old grandma, the one who does art with our oldest daughter Alli each week. The most precious soul in the world.
We’ve been having breakfast with granny for the past three years- since we moved back to my hometown.
Over the course of three years, we’ve noticed a few changes. She sort of forgets things, and sometimes breakfast is a little funky because she added a few of the wrong ingredients. ; ) Some mornings, we hear the same story we heard last week because she forgot she already shared it with us. She’ll say-
“I’m sure I’ve already told you this, hun. But did you know…”
I know, it’s super cute.
Over the past six months or so, we’ve noticed she doesn’t hear us quite as well as she use to. Unless she knows the story involves her, she sort of tunes it out because she knows she can’t really hear the story fully.
Yesterday at breakfast, my sweet man was talking to me about some silly thing he had seen somewhere. I noticed granny was toned out. She was just watching the kids (our kids) playing in the living room. I thought to myself- Her view is totally different than mine. I wonder what it’s like to sit and hear only pieces of conversation- knowing you use to hear everything perfect.
Then I realized, we all see things from different views. Granny sees things through her eyes. Aged eyes, years of experience and memories. My children’s views are all different- their life stories are all different. Alli, the oldest of six has changed lots of diapers, seen lots of little toddlers throw fits. She’s also had more conversations with me and experienced more “life” than the other children. Then there’s Emmyn, who is only four. She can’t even see the kitchen counter.
The hurtful mother, the fun friend. The cranky neighbor, the snobby co-worker. They’re all living life from their view. What has life dealt them? What challenges have they had? How have they arrived at this ‘view’?
Has the mother been scarred by a life of hurt? Has the neighbor had bad neighbors in the past so they’re not even interested in giving you a fair chance? Has the snobby co-worker always had to be appear better than everyone else because she’s actually lonely and dying inside?
What if we all took time to intentionally get down on other peoples levels. What if I sat in silence with granny doing a puzzle, or sat and played with Emmyn today. What if I bent low to make the shot with Judah to see how hard it is to make a three point basketball shot at the age of six (well, I’ve actually never been able to do that). What if I could have a glimpse into the past lives of Ashely and Triston, recently adopted. I wonder if that view would give me the occasional nightmare too.
I bet it would.
Are you apart of the 14 days of simple love challenge? Where we love simply, in some way — each day? Knowing our little bit of love can make a big difference. But wait! It gets even better! The great news——>> When the person we loved goes and loves someone else, all because of the love we showed them? Well, that could change the world.
Leading up to Valentine’s Day why not love, simply each of the 14 days? Besides, why save big love for only one day, right? Here is how it works:
Everyday there will be a new simple way to love posted here. Each day you use that simple love idea and run with it. However that way is possible for you- do it!
For instance. Yesterday’s love was: take someone special on a date. The post was about dating your children. But you might not have children! Don’t have children? Take your mom, grandma, nephew, best friend. Call someone far away and share a conversation- call it a date!! Share a picture of your simple love. Share the hashtag #14daysofsimplelove. Tell someone what you’re doing- give them a great idea!
Everyone is looking for someone to love them. And the more we love, the happier our little hearts are.
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread” – Mother Teresa.
Today’s simple love: See the world through their eyes.
“How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?” Vincent Van Gogh
A few ideas?
Have kids? Sit and play today.
Have grandparents? Give them a phone call, I bet they would love someone to chat with.
Have a parent who struggles with medical problems and can’t do all they use to? Play a game of cards with them!
Have a little sister or brother? Sit and play with them- try 10 min! I’m sure it will turn into 30 before you know it. =)
Know a widow? They’re probably lonely- give them a visit?
Have a teenager? Laugh loud with them today, make silly videos with them, take goofy pictures- speak their language.
Have a sweet man who wants to watch the Super Bowl but you totally don’t get football and wonder why all those grown men run around in all that armor chasing a silly ball all day? Yeah, me too. Simply love that man today and watch that game! ; )
Total crazy love- not just these 14 days but always~
Have a picture of your simple love? Send me a picture by clicking HERE and I’ll post it for all to see or link up to me on twitter:
@kati_gibson #14daysofsimplelove Lets spread the joy of love in a really simple way!
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