…She called out to me… ”Charley…. I LOVE you….”

IMAG0932I  have always reserved the term LOVE only for my immediate family.  I’ve always found it awkward to use  otherwise… or even, for someone to use it towards me.  Then, about 3-4 years ago, I dropped by a long-time family friend’s house, to deliver some baked goods prepared by my dear Wife.  I handed her the “goods,” and as I was walking back to the car…she called out to me… ”Charley…. I LOVE you.”  I turned around, a bit out of sorts (not knowing what to do, or say, at least for a moment), having gathered my wits….I responded….”Nicki, I love you too.”  And the thing was, strangely….I felt good about myself.  I was glad that she felt that way, and more glad that I did too.  That’s our whole problem….we don’t express our love for our fellow man.  It doesn’t have to be in the vernacular… it can be a simple “act of kindness.”  It can be a “get well soon,” card.  Or, better yet….a PRAYER card.  I remember a while back, where by Bible Study Leader….Adrian, said to us, one day.  “When I get on an elevator, or walk down the hall of an office building, when I see someone in passing…I say….”Did you know that God LOVES you, and so do I?”  I thought about that for a long time, and then one day I saw this couple on an elevator, seemingly having a few harsh words with one another, and I said to them… “Did you know that God LOVES you…. and so does Adrian.”  OK…you got the point.  In fact, Jesus thought so much of the idea of LOVE, that he actually gave us the 13th Commandment, in John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Blessings…cjlb…4/26/14

Photo Credit: Yours truly…..cjlb

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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