Monday, 2/3/14 Hug Somebody
Some time back, I read the story of a young lady who was traveling in an old compact car from Alberta, Canada to the Yukon Territory. She soon realized that the mountain road she was on was not made for normal cars so she stopped at a small diner by the road to consider her options. Two truckers were having breakfast there. When she told one of them where she was going, he replied: “The only way you’ll make it there is if you’ll let me and my friend hug you.” When he saw the look of fear after he told her that, the trucker laughed and said: “No, not that kind of hug.” That was a trucker term that meant one of them would lead, her car would be in the middle, and the other would follow behind in his rig. She was very grateful when she safely arrived at her destination. Life has been like that to most of us. We have had many who have led us, as well as those who have been behind us all the way lending their support and ensuring our safety. Our list may include parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, teammates, fellow employees, or just good and faithful friends. Regardless of who they may have been, we should never forget and forever be grateful to them for it.
Regarding physical hugs, those of you who know me know that I’m a hugger. I wasn’t always like that. In fact, I used to be the opposite. I never really mastered the social graces and were it not for Christ, I’d still be the same stiff and awkward introvert I was once. When His love came into my heart, it made all the difference. If we apply it to Jesus, there was a lot of truth in a line from an old Doris Day song that said: “And I love everybody since I fell in love with you.” Hugs are warm, loving expressions when they are motivated by the leading of God's Spirit and not the desires of a carnal spirit. An old local TV weatherman of long ago would end all his forecasts with this line: “Hug somebody; it’ll make you feel good.” Back then, I used to cynically think he was just an old lecher, but now I can see I may have been way off. Today, in Christ, I can see the truth in his statement. When you hug somebody you sincerely care for, it really does make you feel good. In most cases it makes the recipient feel good as well.
Memory verse for the week: But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)