A little sugary sweetness can go a long way. When my brothers and I were in elementary school we used to ride bike up to our neighbor’s home. He was an older gentleman, lived alone, was always joyful, made an extra effort to help Dad and Mom on the farm and welcomed us kids into his home often. His name was Willie.
My brothers and I would park our bikes by his front door and he welcomed in with lemonade and wafer or fudge cookies. We would sit around his little kitchen table talking and answering Willie’s questions. He was always so interested in us. Sometimes we would play a game or two with him. But to this day we always remember that Willie welcomed us with treats every time we took the half mile trek to his home.
It was a joy for us to head to his place, and he seemed to enjoy our company. And it wasn’t only that he provided us with sweet treats and asked us questions, but Willie was always encouraging, too.
“Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” -Proverbs 16:24
You see, a sweet treat, a sweet attitude and a joyful heart can be a lovely treat to those around you. We made the effort often to ride bike to Willie’s because of his kindness to us. In the same way, many are drawn to Christ because of His sweet kindness to those who love Him. And even more, His forgiveness for the many sins we’ve committed.
It is important to remember that because of Christ took our place on the cross and forgives our sins, it is important to live in a way that it forgiving and sweet to others.
“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.” -Ecclesiastes 11:7
Things like those little sugary treats tend to be good reminders of the sweetness we should be sharing with others. Think about it…how often does a tasty little sweet treat bring a frown to your face? Maybe it might if it turns out to be not-so-tasty. Some life circumstances may look sweet, but end up being pretty bitter. But there will always be another sweet treat in the future, and Jesus is the ultimate “sweet treat”…coming to save us. So in the end, no matter how bad my food tastes, I always have something to be joyful about and share with others.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2
So, go ahead…have a treat, because sometimes sweet things are just so sweet. 😉