Wednesday, May 01, 2013

ALLERGY SEASON

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allergies (Photo credit: jfl1066)

YES, IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR when noses clog and eyes water and sneezing ensues. Allergy season 2013 is here and abundantly evident, and given the shortness of our winter this year it may be even a little early.

The culprit, in most cases, is some small, often unseen spore. Sounds like a bad science-fiction movie, “The Spores Among Us!” The irritant floats through the air, is breathed into our nostrils and there begins its diabolical work of turning us into a runny-nosed, red-eyed, zombie. The zombie effect coming from the drugs we take to hopefully help stay-off the attack of the infamous spore.

Sure, there are steps we can take to help fight off these vicious attacks. We can stay indoors, we can don filter masks, we can refuse to cut the lawn, we can take the aforementioned allergy medicine (non-drowsy formula, yeah right, like that is really true.) The dark reality is that we, for the most part, just have to battle through these subversive assaults.

The thing that amazes me is how something so small, sometimes unseen, can cause such a powerful effect on the everyday events of our lives. There are times when we can actually see the nemesis floating toward us, but we know by the time we have seen it, it is too late, we most likely already inhaled its minute warships deep into our lungs…we’re goners!

I was wondering if there are some lessons from these allergens that we could learn? How could we apply them to our daily lives as Christ’s disciples? Could we live our lives in such a way so as to not draw attention to ourselves but still affect the people around us with the love of God and the truth of the Gospel? Why not?

Here’s an encouragement and challenge for each of us in this life-renewing time of the year. Let us each discover ways in which we can impart the love, grace, mercy, joy, forgiveness, hope and peace into the lives of people we meet each day. Small ways, so that we can remain unseen, but the reality of God’s love is expressed, and the Father who sees what is done in secret will reward those unseen agents of His grace. (Matthew 6:4)  Jesus told His followers to “let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) Note that people will see the good deeds, but not necessarily see the one doing the deed.

So, what are some ways we can perform these unseen, God-glorifying deeds?
  •       Write an unsigned note of encouragement or praise.
  •       Pray every day for your neighbors, even the hard to love ones.
  •       Do a “knock & drop,” leaving a plate of goodies on someone’s doorstep.
  •       Pick-up the trash at school or as you walk along the sidewalk.
  •       Provide a cord of wood for a widow in need.
  •       Smile. It gets them every time.
  •       Say a kind, encouraging word to a complete stranger.

What things would you add to the list? I would love to hear your ideas. I would love to hear the God-sightings that just might grow from these quiet acts of grace.

Let us remember that true grace is not loud, it is not pushed upon others, it is quiet and purposeful. Even upon the cross our Lord Jesus did not shout out, “Hey! Look at Me, I’m saving the world!” No, He in quiet agony, almost completely alone, with no one, not even those closest to Him, understanding what a great gift was being given. 

May we so give. 

May we so live.

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