I can’t remember exactly when they started appearing. Each tiny, white rectangle wore a 4-digit tattoo and a silver staple.
I’d find them on our bathroom floor.
And, on the bedroom carpet.
Occasionally, one would haphazardly make it to the top of the dresser.
After picking up and throwing away a passel of them away, I finally confronted my husband. (Now mind you, I’ve cut way back on my sarcasm, but sometimes a girl just automatically recalibrates to her default settings.) With the evidence in hand, I said, “You know, I find these things in the weirdest places – ALL THE TIME! Wonder how these CLEANER TAGS get there since my clothes rarely go to the cleaners!”
With his smirky, mischievous grin he responded, “Hmm, I wonder!”
He should have said, “Let the games begin!” because now I routinely find those once-pesky little things carefully adorning the shelf of my bathroom mirror. It’s become a game for him. If I happen to be standing there, he’ll make sure he leans over me to place it right in front of my eyes. I laugh every single time.
Each tag reminds me that I said “Yes!” thirty-nine years ago because he makes me laugh. (Well … that’s one of the reasons. 🙂 ) I now have a drawer full of smiles to make sure I never forget that.
The sum of the little things make us feel loved. Am I right? I pondered that this past weekend and soon realized how blessed I am by little things from a variety of folks. Hugs. Prayers. Time together. Text messages. Phone calls. Sweet notes. And homemade soup! I’ll bet you could make your own list too.
It’s good to take an inventory of God’s goodness shown through the people He’s given us. However, as I thought about all I receive, I asked myself, “What little things do I give in return?” I thought of a few, but I want to be more intentional. At the end of the day, I’d like to know there would be more than a few things my friends and family would miss if I stopped doing them. What about you?
Here’s where we get to help one another. Think of at least one little something (a “cleaner tag”, if you will) that you do for someone or they do for you, and list it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section below. Think of something that would be missed if it were stopped. We all can benefit from a fresh idea or two!
The more we recognize the small acts of kindness shown to us by God and His other children, the more thankful we become. Thankfulness vaporizes negative thoughts. Positive thinking enhances our joy, and our joy is made complete when we selflessly love others. That’s a win for everyone!
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Philippians 2:1-4, The Message, emphasis mine)
Now, be sure to place your “cleaner tags” neatly in the reply section below! Happy Tuesday!