Not too long ago I heard the following story on the Christian radio station:
Shirley Dobson, wife of James Dobson, told of a game her grandparents played called SHMILY. They took turns writing that word in unusual places for the other person to find. For example, when steam would gather on a bathroom mirror, one or the other would write “SHMILY” on it with a bare finger.
Apparently, the word could show up anywhere — even on sugar, flour or salt spilled on a kitchen counter. The game lasted a lifetime.
When Shirley’s grandmother died, a bouquet ribbon had the letters SHMILY on it. What did they stand for? They were the first letters of the words: See How Much I Love You.
The story stuck with me. I thought about how rarely I actually stop to tell others how much I love them. And when I think about SHMILY, I was powerfully reminded of how simple it is to say “I love you.” It isn’t difficult. It isn’t costly. It can only take a moment, but it’s effects last a life time. We can even be telling others we love them through our actions.
God wants us to love one another. What do you think God would ask you if you were before God today? Here are some ways God wants us to let people know how much we love them
God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but will ask how many of those clothes helped the needy. God won’t ask how much overtime you worked, but will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.
God won’t ask how many promotions you received, but will ask how you promoted others.
God won’t ask what you did to help yourself, but will ask what you did to help others.
God won’t ask how many friends you had, but will ask how many people to whom you were a true friend. God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights, but will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, but will ask how you treated your neighbors.
God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but will ask about the content of your character.
So I challenge you, pass on SHMILY! You will be glad you did.