Yesterday morning, my husband called from the car shop and told me the repair work he had initially thought was going to take just 30 minutes was going to require more time. He needed to get to the office and was wondering if I could hop in the car and drive over and pick him up and then we’d swing by our house and he’d take my car to work.
We’d gotten back from Colorado at midnight the night before and I’d slept in a little, so my morning wasn’t off to the greatest start ever. In addition, being a Type A personality, I’m not great at dropping everything to go run an unexpected errand.
As usual, I had my day all planned out and I was charging full steam ahead on the plan. This phone call wasn’t in the plan.
So truthfully, I didn’t respond all that well at first. I was a bit irritated about having to ditch my plan to go pick up my husband.
As I thought about it more, though, I realized how selfish I was being. Here I was all miffed about my schedule having to get rearranged and I wasn’t taking one tiny thought for my husband.
Without one bit of complaining, he’d rearranged his entire schedule to fly to Colorado for meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. This had prevented him from being able to take the car in sooner. Plus, it wasn’t his fault that the car place couldn’t get the work done sooner.
Yes, I was being selfish — and unloving. I was thinking only of me, myself, my plans, my schedule, and my to do list.
And besides that, I was frustrated over having to do what would really only constitute a 15-minute errand. Pathetic, I know.
Love isn’t just a feeling. Love isn’t just words we say or write.
Love is action. It is doing and giving and serving.
It is dropping everything to help someone else out. It is giving up my plans and being available when someone else needs me.
True love requires sacrifices. It costs us something. But it’s worth it!
I thought about all this on the drive over to pick up Jesse. When he got into the car, I asked his forgiveness for my attitude toward him and told him that I was so happy to have the opportunity to show him in this little way how much I love him. And I truly meant it.
Let me tell you, that felt better than crossing something off my to-do list ever would. The added bonus? I ended up getting everything done yesterday — with time to spare!