Those who know me are familiar with my no-green-thumb ability. That’s right. I have none. My husband could tell you a funny story of me thinking I was gifted in this area. It’s so embarrassing. Although I do not have a knack for caring for plants and flowers very well, I still enjoy receiving and smelling them and beholding their exquisite fragrance. Flowers are emblems of love on display.
“Give me my flowers while I can smell them,” my grandmother would often say. Like myself, she believed in the importance of giving flowers while the person is alive and well. When I say “flowers,” I am not necessarily referring to the flowers we pick, touch, and smell, though they’re lovely to receive. However, the flowers I’m referring to are symbolism for taking advantage of opportunities to let others know how much they mean to us and how we appreciate them.
To give flowers, we can say a kind word. Lift a disheartened friend. Send a text, email, or thank you letter to brighten another person’s day. Next time you’re having lunch, pick up the tab. Maybe leave a note on your boss’ desk. Go ahead and buy the item you saw in the store which reminded you of a special friend. Do something nice without expecting anything in return. Do it just because you care, and you can. And do it while the other person can genuinely receive and enjoy it. These are examples of giving flowers.
My sister, did you know that showing kindness or giving flowers to someone else is not only a blessing to them but a blessing to you. My friend, you are rewarded by God (Pro. 11:17) for being kind?
“The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.”Proverbs 11:17 AMPC
Let’s not wait until the “2-3 Minute Expressions” is offered in the obituary or we are standing over a person’s death bed before we express appreciation and love for them. By then, it’s too late. Much too late for them to experience joy and comfort from our acts of kindness. Think about how more wonderful it would be to deliver unexpected flowers to someone when all is well.
A week ago, I had the pleasure of celebrating a younger cousin’s birthday and giving her flowers. Though I was able to celebrate her, I believed it was more important to remind her to always look to the Heavenly Father no matter where she is in life or what she might be experiencing. Moreover, continue giving the Creator thanks. A grateful mindset creates a hopeful atmosphere and an expectancy of the amazing things God will do.
Sis, are you struggling to remain grateful no matter what? Are you finding it a challenge to at least say “thank you” to our Creator? I want to encourage you to ask the Savior Jesus Christ to give you peace and fill your heart with a spirit of gratitude. I know He will do it if you ask Him.
Beloved, in addition to this devotional, I would love to give you more flowers, just because. I want to encourage you to join me as I host my upcoming (FREE) The Power of Journaling Class: Giving Thanks to the Creator. The class is free. During our time together, we will learn about the benefits of journaling, express in writing our gratitude, emotions, concerns, private thoughts, and conversations with the Lord, and write down all the Lord gives us through His sweet Spirit. Register here to attend.