Sporting A Black Eye For Jesus
I recently made a trip back to my hometown to visit my family. This trip happens every 5 to 6 weeks since I also have my beautiful daughter-in-law cut and color my hair. I always look forward to these trips and spending time with my parents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and the rest of my extended family is fun.
My last trip was probably the most relaxed and laid-back trip I’ve had. This time, I didn’t have an agenda of people to visit or places to go. In fact, I don’t think I even put on makeup the entire time I was there. 😳
I was laughing and telling Joe about not wearing makeup the entire trip. The following day, I needed to take photos, etc., so I went to put on some makeup. That’s when I noticed my right eye looked dark in the corner. Since I hadn’t worn mascara in several days, I knew it wasn’t that, but I had no idea why it looked like that. I brushed it off, thinking that I must not have slept well while I was gone.
The next morning, there was no mistaking that I had a small black eye coming on. I showed my eye to Joe, and he asked me who I had gotten into a fight with. You talk about being confused; I racked my brain to think of something I might have done to get a black eye.
Then, it hit me! My cross hit me. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing, but I remember that my cross flipped up and hit me in the eye area. At the time, I remembered thinking, “whew, I’m glad that it didn’t hit me in the eye; that could have been dangerous.”
Once I figured out what happened, I laughed and said, NOT TODAY, SATAN!
I love wearing my crosses, and I have several that I wear all the time. Some are small, some are ornate, and some are large. The one I was wearing at the time was large and on a long chain, so that’s why it could flip up and hit me in the eye. But I’m not wearing the crosses as a fashion statement; I’m wearing them to show others that I love the Lord.
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
My love of the Lord comes in many different forms, but wearing a cross is a way that I can show my love to others. The Lord loves us in many forms, also. He shows up grace, forgiveness, and mercy. But, His greatest display of love also involved a cross.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:19
19 We love because he first loved us.
My black eye is a small price to pay for showing my love and pales in comparison to the price Jesus paid. But, each time I look at my necklace, I’ll be reminded that showing your love for the Lord can leave a mark, and it’s one I’m willing to have.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!
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