Love And Acceptance

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I am a mother of three and recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring, with qualities I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called “Smile.” The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone, so I thought this would be a piece of cake.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went to McDonald’s one morning. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. I did not move an inch…an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible “dirty body” smell, and there standing behind me were two homeless men. As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was “smiling”. His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance.

He said, “Good day” as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally deficient and the blue eyed gentle man was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, “Coffee is all Miss” because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue eyed gentleman’s cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, “Thank you.” I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, “I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.”

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, “That is why God gave you to me, Honey. To give me hope.” We held hands for a moment and at that time we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. We are not church goers but we are believers. That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love. I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in “my project” and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, “Can I share this?” I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began to read and that is when I knew that we, as human beings and being part of God, share this need to heal people and be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this small story and to remind us how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS – NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

Source : http://www.crystal-reflections.com/stories/story_92.htm

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Let’s Share Some Love!!

ngIt’s  that time of the year and love is in the air. The “love bugs” or out and on the hunt to share some L-O-V-E.   I’ve rounded up a few simple and inexpensive ways for you to spread a little love to just about anyone rather it be your spouse, best friend, child, or grandparent these gifts of love will do the job. So check out my wonderful finds.  I’m sure you’ll want to use a couple if not all of these awesome ideas as part of your love spread;=)

  1. jarLove In A Jar – This first idea can be made and given to anyone. To make this “Love Gift” simply purchase or locate an empty jar or box ( a clear jar works nicely as it shows the beautiful contents).  Fill the jar with candy or your receiver’s favorite treats (valentine candy, homemade cookies etc.) Handwrite or type several small notes for the recipient to add to the jar. Examples of notes are: “I’m so glad God blessed us to be friends.”  “You are still the apple of my eye.”  “This note is good for a wonderful back rub.” Whatever it is that you want to express or do for this person write it and then role each note and tie it with a ribbon.  Try using strips of paper, sticky notes or cut out hearts in shades of red, pink and also white.  Do the same for the ribbon just to add to the theme.
  2. Hide and Show Some Respect – For this fun and “Love Seek” you will need only index cards and loads of respect.  Fill in the number of cards that it will take to reach Valentine’s Day,  if you start this idea on tomorrow then you will need eleven index cards.  Write on each index card something you respect about your husband or love about your wife.  Hide one per day in a place your spouse is sure to find it.  They will be so excited they’ll be looking forward to the next one each day.  On day 14 the last index card should have a special surprise for your spouse that you can add to your other valentine plans.
  3. The Little Sweeties – If you have a couple of little sweethearts in your life a simple idea would be to make “Treatie For My Sweetie” Make rice krispy treats and cut-out hearts using a cookie cutter or if your creative shape them into hearts yourself before they set. ( You can even find instructions to make rice krispy treats on the back of the rice krispy cereal box). Place the rice krispy shaped hearts into cellophane wraps or small decorative bags and tie with string. Add a  handmade card stamped with love and a page of cute stickers for an even bigger treat!
  1. heartsFrame It – This is a beautiful gift to show your love and have it treasured forever.  All you need is artificial flower petals or  you can opt to use  varied size hearts cut from colored construction paper of your choice. Depending on the frame size locate pre-designed paper as your background or you can hand write the background on blank paper as a love letter if you want.  Next make an outline of the heart on top of the paper in the center whatever size you want making sure to leave adequate space for your background to show.  fill the heart with the petals or cut-outs (using glue) whichever you are using making sure to keep with the heart pattern.  Leave your signature in the lower right corner and the date, place it in a frame and you’ll have a lovely keepsake to share with the one you love.

These are some creative ideas just to get you going on this wonderful month of love and hopefully anytime throughout the year.

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How will you be spreading love on Valentine’s Day 2014? Come on, share some sweet ideas;=)

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