Say what? A Japanese saying (translated) is: Being too polite is impolite. 2 millenniums ago God’s word rebuked Christians: how is it that you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days (Galatians 4:9-10).
It’s still true. I boasted that I spent more on Joyce this Valentines than ever. (Our washer failed, so I bought the one she wanted. It’s to come just in time for Valentines.) Of course, her income helped pay for it. A brother in Jesus also noted that I selfishly wanted to be sure she kept cleaning my clothes J
Retailers push another holiday each month for sales. And, birthday and anniversary expectations can suck out joy. Before you know it you can be in debt to expectations and too tired to really care. I’m not saying be stingy, but …
How much better to be sensitive to Jesus leading in best building up people He puts in your life? Stevie Wonder must have seen it well to write his hit: I Just Called To Say I Love You J