“I filled it up. There are more left, but I stopped at 316.”
“Yes. 316 mints.”
A jar. Filled to the top with 316 mints counted out by my daughter.
“You know. For John 3:16-For God so loved the world He gave…and you are giving.”
Or so I thought.
They, however, were never given. Instead all 316 sat on a shelf at work, attracting others to grab a few as they headed back to class.
For God so loved…
My hope was that each time a mint was given, someone felt a little more “loved.” That although the one for whom those 316 were originally intended never received them, others felt love that was offered with no strings attached. Just simply given.
For God so loved the world…
There was a part of me that resented those mints. I could not wait for them to all be gone, and I was determined I would not buy anymore-ever!
When I was encouraged to buy more, I remembered my initial reason for getting them in the first place. So that little “blessings” of love would be handed over to someone who needed it.
Because He gave…
And if He kept giving, certainly so could I. It didn’t matter what happened then, others needed me to give…now.
His one and only son…
He became flesh and dwelled among us. And my flesh was called to do the same. I had been placed in a new neighborhood. I was still called to go and love others, no matter what happened in the old one.
No matter what happened after the 316th mint was counted. It was still love that motivated the giving. Nothing else.
Whosever believes in Him…
No matter where circumstances may have moved me, I was still called to be the one who followed the example of the One. Who helped people feel as if they belonged. Feel cared for. Accepted. So that maybe in the giving, others would believe in Him, because they saw Him in me.
Something different. Someone like Jesus.
Shall not perish…
So that spirits would be quickened before unwise choices are made. To learn love does not fade when certain conditions are not met.
And if that love, belonging and connection comes from a silly mint.
So be it.
I know I would do it again. And again. And again.
All so someone can feel the love of God.
A love that simply gave.