11/02/2021 | Updated November 3, 2021
“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. The flowers I’m referring to are symbolism for taking 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, an email, or thank you letter to brighten another person’s day. Giving flowers is doing something nice without expecting anything in return. Do it just because you care and you can. What’s more special is giving flowers while the other person can genuinely enjoy it.
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. Let’s not wait until the “2-3 Minute Expressions” is offered in the obituary or we are standing over a person’s sick or 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 for them.
Today is the anniversary of my dad’s death. Two years ago I found him lifeless on the floor. Even though that day was devastating, I am not devastated or sad today. I’m grateful that I was able to give my dad his flowers while he was alive. During our short time together, we created beautiful memories. Those recollections are eternal flowers that I get to cherish every day. As a believer, I know I will see my dad again. I’m thankful. What I know is this: a grateful mindset creates a hopeful atmosphere and an expectancy of the amazing things God will do.
Sis, are you struggling to be grateful? I want to encourage you to ask the Savior to give you peace and fill your heart with a spirit of gratitude. I know He will.
Beloved, in addition to encouraging you, I want to give you more flowers, just because. You’re invited to join me at my upcoming FREE virtual class, The Power of Journaling. We’ll learn about the benefits of journaling, and will express in writing our gratitude to the Lord. If you are interested, click the button below to find out more.
Originally posted March 20, 2019.