When I was in the third grade up in Pierce I casually inserted a love note into the pocket of a red coat worn by a ravishing beauty in my class. The coat closet was in the back of the room and we all hung our coats there as well as stored our boots and lunchboxes there. It was the perfect place to casually slip the passionate note into her coat pocket. Weeks went by and the beauty never responded; oh well, I had moved on. One day we boys were picking on, or flirting with, a girl in our class and I arrived to the party late as usual in those days. One of the boys grabbed something from the girl and we ran off together to discover the value of our newly acquired treasure. It was a piece of paper and one of my friends began reading it. It was a third grade love note and we all were enjoying the mushy sentiments ... when they got to the end the final words stunned me, but delighted all the others. Some of you have already guessed it. The final words were, “Your Lover Boy, Kelly.”
That was incredibly painful and embarrassing. It set back my self-confidence in dating and dealing with the opposite sex a full ... six weeks or so. LOL Casual isn’t always cool! When it comes to love, we should be a little more intentional. Jesus wasn’t casual about His love for us. He boldly came, died for us and rose from the grave. We were reminded of that less than two weeks ago on Easter. Easter reminds me to not be so casual about my love for God, too. He gave His all for me. I don’t want to take that lightly. I don’t want to casually love Him. I don’t want to slip Him a note once in my life and then forget about Him. He is worthy of our full attention and devotion.
Kelly Lineberry is pastor of the Life Center in Kamiah.