We all made promises to Tristan to love Him and be His family forever.
After journeying through adoption with my parents, I am awestruck by the grand measures that God took to adopt us as His children. I tried to convey this in writing a song for Tristan performed with my brother Nathan during the ceremony.
As I prepare for Christmas–wrapping presents, singing Christmas carols, baking cookies, I consider the preparations God made to send His son to Earth–finding God-fearing parents, teaching Jesus how to be a human, telling His son that He would be given life only to have it taken away in the cruelest of deaths, reminding Him that it would be worth it all in the end.
God planned before the creation of the world to claim us as His children. Our old sinful selves are buried, and we have been made alive with Christ to be eternal members of His family. That’s incredible!
It’s not too hard for me to compliment a shirt or new haircut, but how often do I simply compliment my friends for who they are rather than what they have changed?
I considered this yesterday after receiving a simple compliment. Two words. “You’re beautiful.” Not “I like your new jeans,” or “Your hair looks nice curly.”
A genuine compliment inspires smiles.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate these compliments, but they are conditional. They beg questions like, “Will I still be desirable if I wear my old jeans or tie my hair back?”An unconditional compliment is not dependent on anything else for it to be true. It is a treasure.
My friend Amber is doing a blog challenge during the month of December, and yesterday she challenged us to bring joy to others. So along this theme, I invite you today to give someone an unconditional compliment. It may be the best present they receive all year.