SPONTANEOUS SATURDAYS

Love one another… John 13:34 (NIV)

A young father was telling me about a practice he’s begun with his family: Spontaneous Saturdays. Throughout the week each family member thinks of an activity for everyone’s enjoyment the upcoming Saturday. When the weekend arrives, the ideas are shared, and one is selected. The father’s animated face spoke volumes as he told me of a special treat he already had planned for his wife on a Saturday when the children would be with friends.

I can only imagine what fun those Saturdays must be as each family member is given voice to share what his/her thinking has produced for the enjoyment of them all. What mutual respect and love are nurtured by not only sharing time but in anticipating a whole week of planning a treat for the entire family. That’s called “doing love.” That’s living out the Word.

Father, you said people would know we are Christians by our love. Strengthen the love we have for one another, and help us to show it in tangible ways. Help us to be creative in demonstrating how much we care, and cause us to overflow with your love. In Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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