I decided that today is Love People Friday.
Every day is a good day for working on love but Friday is even more important than most. It’s the official start to the weekend. The weekend goes better when Friday is good!
My sister, Jodi, has a small business where she crafts unique pieces of clothing and sells them in local boutiques. It’s been a nice little business for some time but recently she has been inspired to move beyond creating something women like to own into creating something women will want to wear. Her business, Love People Clothing has always promoted an inspired look but now she wants to promote an inspired life. So she created a t-shirt line that goes by the name Love People.
Her goal is to inspire others to really examine the heart of what loving others is about and living that out in day to day life. The t-shirts are just a small reminder to wear love like you would wear a piece of clothing. To her love is not about the grand gestures but the small, loving words or actions that impact one. Impressing thousands is easy and temporary, loving just one isn’t necessarily easy but it creates the most lasting effect.
So back to Love People Friday.
Friday is the day when most of us experience a shift in the work/school week. Schedules are not as structured and we spend more time with our family and friends. All the more reason why Friday matters the most when it comes to all things LOVE.
If I’m being honest, weekends around my house haven’t always been full of love. Where I can coast most of the week on my own terms, I now have to collaborate with others on activities, needs or meals. And then there is the issue of who gets in the shower first or who has the remote control? I’ve been known to loose all good graces before on a Sunday afternoon. I need to be reminded to wear love.
That’s why I’ve dubbed Friday, Love People Friday. It’s a reminder that I have to put on love before we all get together. I have to decide ahead of time that I’m choosing love instead self-centeredness. I choose to see my husband as he is and not as I expect him to be. I choose to flesh out patience, in whatever means necessary, when tempers rise and energy is low. Letting naps happen. I choose to wait my turn and give grace when we are struggling; to speak truth or stop unhealthy habits as best I can for the sake of love. Eating a meal together instead of all at different times. Giving extra hugs and kisses and whisper soft words of love. Saying “thank you” and “please”. Playing a game. Reminding one another why you love “us”. Choosing to walk around the mall with your child, just because they need some time.
I know I won’t always do it well but I commit to giving it a try.
So here’s to Love People Friday. Decide now to love those in your life this weekend. You’ll be spending a little more time with them after all. Wearing love on Friday could determine how well the rest of the weekend goes.
Regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic all-purpose garment. Never be without it. ~Colossians 3:14