Words to Live By

img_1330One of my favorite school fundraisers ever takes place around Christmastime at the lovely Sanderson High School where I had the privilege of being a Young Life leader during college. It’s called Holly Days, and it’s a gigantic craft fair with proceeds benefiting the school. I love this for two reasons:

1) As a Young Life leader at Sanderson, it was great to get a chance to support the school and spend time with people I love.

2) Crafts! I love crafts. I think there’s something so special about being able to purchase something directly from the person who put so much thought and effort into it. I also love that handmade items have a one-of-a-kind quality that makes them truly unique.

So, as I was roaming through this great event, I spotted one of these unique finds that I immediately wanted to bring home. One woman was selling gigantic Scrabble letters as wall art. Hers said something like “play, laugh, blah, blah, blah”, which I thought was a little cheesy, but I loved the idea of coming up with a slogan type phrase that would be representative of what we want our home (and lives!) to be about. I took the woman’s card and proceeded to deliberate on what our Scrabble pieces could say. The ideas ranged from silly, to strange (we thought about using Greek but then decided that would be against the rules of Scrabble), to just disappointing.

Finally, an idea popped into my head that just seemed to fit. I was reminded of the part of Galatians 5:6 that says, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” I love how simply this captures our hope for how we live our lives. Our goal is to show the love others the impact that the love of Christ has made on our lives- not necessarily by hitting them over the heads with it, but by showing them genuine love and compassion.

Easier said than done, but such a great reminder of some timeless words to live by.

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