Some time back Mary and I taught an English class here at out home. We had about ten enthusiastic students who actually helped us learn Spanish as we attempted to teach them English. One of the things we challenged the students to do each week was to write out sentences in English using words we were going to teach in the upcoming lesson. One week we were planning to teach about parts of the body and the students were to prepare English sentences regarding body parts. The students would be invited up to the front of the room to write their sentence on the board.
One of our shyer students walked up to the class and wrote, “Mary has a heart large!”
We got a lot out of those classes, but nothing gave me more lasting joy than seeing my sweet bride blush as she tried to move the words around to the English usage of adjectives coming before nouns. No matter how one says it, “Mary has a BIG heart!”
I was reminded of that experience today while I was at Victor’s Internet Shop in San Clemente. Victor owns and operates the Ciber Nautico computer/office supply store downtown. We do not have a printer on our computer, so I often have to go to town to print and copy items at Victor’s store.
Today I was there printing and copying forms which we are using in a Bible study group about putting on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6). Victor helps me collate and staple the items as they come off the printer and he was trying to read the English message regarding the breastplate of righteousness. Those are some tough words to translate and we ended up having a fairly long conversation about Christianity.
As I packaged up the copies, Victor said to me, “You have a good heart.”
I am an old guy who worked for most of my life in law enforcement and I have been exposed to much of the bad that life has to offer, so I am not easily affected by what others say. But Victor’s comment touched me deeply and got me to thinking.
When is the last time that you have looked someone in the eye and told them that they have a good heart?
As Valentine’s day approaches Mary and I challenge all of our readers to look for an opportunity to honestly tell someone (not your sweetheart) that they have a “heart large!” We can tell you from personal experiences that such a kind word and a handshake will be remembered long after flowers wilt and candy is consumed.
But, men do not misunderstand us – You still must get the candy and flowers for your sweetheart or life might not be as sweet as it is here where…
Life is good in Ecuador.
(All pictures are taken from public sources on the internet.)