“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NIV)
As a little girl, green was never one of my favorite colors. I always preferred the pink.
Nevertheless, on the 17th of March every year, we celebrate a day that is all about the green.
There’s even a legend that wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day makes you invisible to leprechauns who will pinch you if they see you.
I had no idea.
So, there I was at school, basking in my seven year old pinkness, when I felt a pinch on my arm as he shouted these unexpected words: “It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Where’s your greeeen?”
It was a deer in the headlights moment.
I mean, he didn’t even look like a leprechaun.
But, when I arrived home with a sore arm and puffy eyes, Mama was there to comfort me.
Mama’s love always showed through her actions and it wasn’t long before I forgot all about the trauma of that day.
But she didn’t.
When St. Patrick’s Day rolled around the next year, I was full of all the panic a little girl could muster.
Until she came into my room with the dress.
The little green dress. The one she made just for me.
I wasn’t too young to know what that meant.
Each year around this time, I recall that story, still vivid and beautiful. It taught me a life lesson that I hope I never forget.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)
Dear one, our Heavenly Father loved us first and loves us best. He wants us to share Love with those around us, to put another soul before ourselves. It might be as simple as a smile or a kind word. It might be a listening ear or an encouraging hug.
It might even be a little green dress.
Spread your joy,