Love Makes the Difference

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Vicki has left me alone again. She took off last Monday for Norman a couple of days, then met up with her parents and her sister’s family to spend some time in Branson. She should come back before she leaves again!

Joshua and Danielle were left in charge of me. I will have to say that they have done a pretty good job of taking over. On Saturday they made sure that I got out to go see “Beauty and the Beast” at M.K. Brown the High School choir was putting on. I was SO GLAD they did.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it. From the beginning to the end, the entire cast did an awesome job. I tried to watch every detail through the entire show. I didn’t want to miss one thing about it along the way. Sure I had seen it before, but because of the cast it was way more personal for me to watch it on Saturday.

I won’t go through the whole play but there is something that I want to share with you. As you may know, the prince is confronted by a woman whom he turns away because of her looks. Then he becomes the beast and his servants begin to turn into various things such as a teapot, candle stick and clock.

But through a series of events the ‘Beauty’, Belle, finds herself in the hands of the Beast. The servants realize that if she can bring a change to the Beast that they will be delivered from completely turning into what they are becoming.

The Beast is rough and unresponsive to Belle. He demands that she be what he wants. Belle remains true to herself. All the while Gaston is seeking after her. It is a tough time, but finally Gaston finds the Beast and stabs him.

After being confronted by Gaston the Beast is struggling. Belle finds him and he begins to slump to the floor. Belle kneels beside him and speaks to him. As she is seeking to get him to keep his eyes open and stay with her, she finally whispered to him – “I love you.” Then the darkness comes. Where I was seated you could barely see the beast rise and turn around.

Then as the light comes back the Prince is standing there. They reach for each other, hold each other and finally kiss. It was such a moving moment. Everyone was moved by what had taken place on the stage.

After getting home I was going over everything in my mind. What was it that made the difference in the life of the Beast? Then it hit me. Belle told him that she loved him. She didn’t have to go back to where he was, but she did. She didn’t have to kneel beside him, but she did. She didn’t have to tell him she loved him, but she did.

It is love that makes the difference in our lives as well. Yes, it is always wonderful when someone holds us and tells us they love us. But it was the love of God that brings the transformation in our lives. “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, stood over the world and said ‘I love you’ and died for us so that we might be made brand new. What an awesome beginning to a story where satan intended to bring us down! The love of Jesus can make the difference in our lives if we will give ourselves to Him.

As you go through each day, remember that the love God has extended to you through Christ, will bring about the change that will make you into the person He desires you to be. It will make a difference in your life and bring you to where your life will be full and complete.

The cast from the High School did an awesome job! I was so proud of them and was so very thankful they shared how love can make a difference. My thanks to all who shared their talent so that we could see such a wonderful play. Don’t forget – your love for what you do made a difference.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul