And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. - Hebrews 10:24

How often do you tell your family you love them? How many times, in rushing out of the house, do you just manage a quick "BYE!"?

My daughter started this new thing a few years back. I truly believe it was God working through her. She started saying "love you!" every time she talked to us on the phone, or left the house. I asked her why one day (since it wasn't something we normally did - occasionally yes, but I always felt our love was shown rather than verbalized) and she told me "because you never know what might happen".

I thought about that recently when one of her softball organization's girls was killed in an auto accident. Her parents certainly expected her to come back - I mean, she was just coming home from a friend's house a few miles away. When she left her friend's house and said "see you tomorrow!" she meant it... but she didn't come back.

So, now we say "love you!" when we talk on the phone, when we text (lu 2!) when we leave the house, even if I am just coming to pick her up at school. The whole family has picked it up, even my son, who at 14 doesn't hesitate to say "I love you" in addition to goodbye, even if he's with his friends.

I don't go around with a fatalistic attitude, or live my life in fear. That's not what God wants us to do. He says He hasn't given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). However, I do know we live in an imperfect world, and we also have free will. I also know that life is unpredictable. So, I let my family know how I feel about them as often as I can. Thanks Meg, for opening my eyes.

If you've gotten a bit complacent, I suggest trying this new thing. It might feel kinda funny at first, but as it gets to be a habit, it gets ingrained in your heart - you'd be amazed at what happens :-)

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