I’m Too Busy

By: Woody Godbey

My morning Bible reading was in 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. The first three words in verse 8 say's it all, "Love never fails". The old saying, "Nothing is more costly than loving--except not loving" is so true. I believe one of the greatest medicines for a good life is to love and be loved. It is important to not only give our love but to receive love from others. Some people are just too busy and miss the meaning of life.

There's a story in one of my daily devotions that says it best. A father sat at his desk poring over his monthly bills when his young son rushed in and announced, “Dad, because this is your birthday and you’re 55 years old, I’m going to give you 55 kisses, one for each year!” When the boy started making good on his word, the father exclaimed, “Oh, Andrew, don’t do it now; I’m too busy!”

The youngster immediately fell silent as tears welled up in his big blue eyes. Apologetically the father said, “You can finish later.” The boy said nothing but quietly walked away, disappointment written all over his face. That evening the father said, “Come and finish the kisses now, Andrew.” But the boy didn’t respond.

A short time after this incident the boy drowned. His heartbroken father wrote, “If only I could tell him how much I regret my thoughtless words, and could be assured that he knows how much my heart is aching.”

Remember folks, love is a two-way street. Any loving act must be warmly accepted or it will be taken as rejection and can leave a scar. If we are too busy to give and receive love, we are too busy. Nothing is more important than responding with love to the cry for love from those who are near and precious to us. Love is the greatest virtue known to man and its fruits are joy, peace and mercy. Take time to give and receive love, first with God and then one another! God Bless!