We can endure the journey God has placed us on, when we rely upon the resources He provides. I have been blogging about the various items in our “782 gear bag” ~ the USMC term for a survival kit. All of our help (“equipment”) can be found in God’s Word.
I can’t remember when I first sampled a piece of chocolate; it had to be quite some time ago. But, I have acquired a taste for it! If I had to admit to an addiction, I would have to confess, that I am a chocoholic! Eating chocolate does bring me great pleasure, so it seems quite fitting to associate the name and shape of a chocolate candy as a “Kiss,” the popular trademark of The Hershey Company.
First John 4:7 says “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” Our love for one another should show. How else can we display to others that we have a personal relationship with a God Who unconditionally cares for us? Our testimony can be sweet to others, when we remember to be kind, gracious and loving.
We can show our affection and concern for one another by physical touch. Years ago, I used to go to a nursing home and visit some of the residents there. I would bring my small children along with me. They were more of a blessing to the residents than I was! Why? Because they could fit real nicely on an older person’s lap and allow them to hug and cuddle. A hug or a kiss does feel good–almost as good as the chocolate kind!
I have an older friend named Audrey who hugs everyone she comes into contact with. Her smile is broad, and her demeanor is sincere and heart-felt. When she opens her arms for a hug, people (friends and strangers alike) respond without hesitation. Audrey’s hugs have touched so many lives because that is how she shares the joy that is bubbling up inside of her!
Down here in the South, hugs are as natural as fried chicken and sweet tea! Everyone hugs! The truly sincere hugs are accompanied by a hardy pat on the back (men) or a warm handshake and a peck on the cheek (women). I think that most Southerners’ survival kits are loaded up with Hershey’s candies! 🙂 Good ol’ Southern Hospitality!
Completing the course is much less difficult if we have our backpack filled with promises of safety, security and stamina. Oh! And lots of sugar!