Don’t Waste Your Kisses

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But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB)

A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh . . . as time goes by. (Louis Armstrong, As Time Goes By)

I’ve wasted thousands and thousands of kisses on you. Kisses that I thought were special because of your lips and your smile and all of your color and life. I used to think that was the real you when you smiled, but now I know that you don’t mean any of it. You just save it for all of your songs. Shame on me for kissing you with my eyes closed so tight. (Faye in the film, That Thing You Do)

On Saturday, my husband and I treated ourselves to a movie date. We drove across town to the Hi-Pointe, a one screen theatre that shows old movies once a month. The turquoise curtains automatically open to reveal the screen, just before the film transports the audience back in time. This month we enjoyed watching Casablanca.

After lunch we came home, and were greeted by our younger son, who chose to spend the rest of the day with us. He and I worked on making cut out cookies for the cousins, who would join us for dinner that evening.

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Hearts for Valentine’s and crowns for Mardi Gras. After dinner and cookies, we decided to watch That Thing You Do, which is my favorite movie. It’s a great story about a one hit wonder band from the 1960s. In a poignant scene, Faye, the girl who travels with the band realizes the guy she thought she loved, doesn’t really love her back. She devotes her life to him, but all he really cares about is writing songs. She tells him that she wasted thousands and thousands of kisses on him.

As I prepare for the upcoming season of Lent, I realize that I am prone to wander from pure and simple devotion to Jesus. I waste my “kisses” on loves that leave me wanting, like shopping, over eating, worrying about the future, wishing the day away, complaining about weather or any other circumstance that happens to be annoying me at the moment.

When I open my eyes to Jesus, I see that He is always here waiting for me. Waiting for me to seek His company, His words, His comforting presence and relaxing in His love. His woos me back to pure and simple dependence on Him.

He reminds me “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NASB)

As we enter this season, where we remember Jesus’ suffering and journey to the cross, and the hope found in His resurrection, I wonder if I will be able to weave adventure into Lent.

But instead, I decide to interpose Lent into adventure, by observing ad{LENT}ure this year.

I don’t know what this will look like, but I have chosen a few things to read over Lent.

One of the bloggers I follow has written a series that intrigues me, so I plan to join Victoria over at expectantly listening. I added two books to my reading list to inspire creative engagement with God’s word: Sacred Pause by Rachel G. Hackenberg and Writing in the Margins by Lisa Nichols Hickman. I look forward to sharing glimpses of GOD with you here over the next several weeks.

What plans do you have for Lent this year?

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How about we offer Jesus our hearts this year?

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Waste Your Kisses

  1. Kel; I am still deciding about what to do for Lent. It’s too cold for me to be out; so I won’t be attending the Ash Wednesday service tonight. I do have something special on my blog for Lent. For the rest of this month, my topic is OBEDIENCE. For March, seeking God. I want to do something postive for Lent as well as giving up something.

    1. Cecelia- It is quite cold here as well…I think it is wise to balance the Lent fast with both surrender and service. I like you topic…obedience. I’ll have to pop over and see what God is putting on your heart!

  2. Thanks for the shout out Kel! And for those two book recommendations – they look really interesting. This Lent, I’m looking forward to sharing my ‘book’ as a family; and reading Easter Stories, and The Things He Carried by Stephen Cottrell – I loved his Advent book and really looking forward to this one.

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