This hot mess mama stumbled into a convenience store to grab a few cosmetics… and chocolate, of course!
My Zee and Zu (the nicknames of my littles) couldn’t make a quick decision on chocolate of choice. The wide-eyed teenager working behind the counter saw an opportunity to ask a question. God only knows why he chose to entrust me, a mere stranger with two distracted kids.
“Can I ask you for some advice?”
“Sure. What’s up?” I replied.
He wore his heart on his sleeve and quickly explained that his “friend” continuously complained about her job. He politely asked her to stop complaining and find ways to appreciate her employment. She was infuriated. She asked him to never speak to her again. He was shocked and broken-hearted. She ended a “friendship” … just like that.
His question was simple,
“Should I try to work it out with her, or do I just move on?”
I rambled for a few seconds while I prayed,
“God, what can I say to this kid? Give me something meaningful. In teenager vocabulary, please.”
It hit me hard as simultaneously I spoke,
“Treasure those that treasure you.”
I said it again. Sternly, loudly, lovingly, and with a smile,
He nodded and smiled. He got it. We both did.
He finished ringing up my items, and I encouraged him to remember those words, “Treasure those that treasure you” on Valentine’s day – and everyday.
I thought about those words for hours. I’ve been evaluating life’s demands and all of the characters that are in my story. I love every person that God chose to include in the chapters of my life. But, oh, those special few…
There are those special few, the very dear and close ones, that remind you in simple ways how much you are loved. Treasure those. Really, really, treasure those.
You don’t need a romantic Valentine to appreciate the treasures.
No one knows what tomorrow brings. We have today.
This Valentine’s day, make a phone call (not a text), send a card, buy some chocolate… treasure the treasures…
(I feel like I just wrote a commercial.)
Honestly, though, why not? If you do, I can almost assure that your attitude of gratitude will guarantee a warm fuzzy on heart day.
It’s still early in the year…I noticed others sharing their yearly aspirations in a sentence or word.
I have several words that I’m clinging to…(for me) TREASURE needs to trump them all.
Treasure those you love.
Treasure the day.
And most certainly…
Treasure those that treasure you
God’s seed: “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Planting God’s Seeds of Hope
*BROOK JOY WRITES ARTICLES ON FAITH, LIFE, CULTURE, AND HER PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH HEALTH (IBD). BROOK IS A CHOCOLATE-LOVING WIFE & HOMESCHOOLING MAMA (AND A CHRISTIAN FOR 20+ YEARS)… PLANTING AND GROWING GOD’S SEEDS OF HOPE AT MISSIONZERA.COM