Thursday, July 22, 2010

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

“Doug and Jenny, can you give me some practical examples of what my true love for Traci can look like, especially in light of what she found out today?” asked Luke. Doug and Jenny spent the next few minutes offering suggestions. When they all stood to leave, Luke hugged and thanked both of them. He told them that he was heading back over to Traci’s house for a while. The couple said they would see him there after they got the print shop shut down for the night.

Before leaving the shopping center, Luke stopped at the card shop to buy a card for Traci. He selected one he thought she would like, not a mushy, romantic card, but one with a pretty floral design and blank space inside to write. He wrote only a few quick lines, knowing there would be many other cards, notes, and conversations in the future: “Traci, you are a wonderful person. I know you can get through this trial. I will be here to help you every step of the way.”

Luke rolled the pen in his fingers for several seconds before writing the final two words. They had much more significance to him now, so he wrote them with confidence: “Love, Luke.” Now he was confident that he felt true love for Traci because he sincerely knew that Traci's happiness, health, and spiritual growth was just as important to him as his own and that his actions reflected that truth.

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