I've never bought her a Baby Ruth candy bar before and she told me when I gave it to her that she had never eaten a Baby Ruth candy bar. I had never seen her eat one and I knew that she loved chocolate and caramel. When I gave it to her, she was surprised and either happy or pretended to be happy. It is a very small thing, but it never hurts to give a small gift to say to someone I love you and I'm thinking of you.
Hey, it has 4 grams of protein!
Oooo, big treat
OK, so Laura said she liked it and ate the whole thing. She did confess that it was not her favorite. The thing is, I know some of her favorites but those would not have qualified as a "first." I will also confess that I love Baby Ruth candy bars and I knew that if she did not like it, I would suffer for Jesus and eat it for her. Far be it from me to let good food with 4 grams of protein go to waste when people around the world are hungry.
As I thought about this, I wonder if I treat the Lord that way sometimes. Do I give Him things that I really like instead of what He really likes? It is easy to say something is God's will that really is just something that I want to do. I feel pretty comfortable when I think God wants me to take Joel fishing. If I feel like God wants me to play a game with Hannah Grace, I all in for that. If I feel like God wants me to give Laura a hug, I'll do that right away. If I feel like God wants me to speak to a stranger about Him, I'm tempted to say, "How about I go give Laura a hug?" It is easy for me to give God what I want to instead of what would really please Him. Here's the thing; if I give Him what really pleases Him I will be have more joy as well. 2 Timothy 2:4 says, "No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier." Let's make sure that God's pleasure is what we are aiming for.
Now, if I remember correctly, I bought 2 of those Baby Ruths....
Seeking to please God in the abundant life
3 things I thank God for today
2. Shirts that fit comfortably
3. A wife who smiles easily