Have you watch animated movie called 'Despicable me'? It is a story about Gru, a genius inventor and a son who is always want to impress his mother. His profession is a full-time villain. He said to his people that his goal is, 'I will be the greatest villain of all time!' And his ultimate plan is to steal the moon with the help of his team, Dr. Nefario and yellow cute minions. On his journey to achieve his goal, Gru encountered another new villain called Vector. ("I'm not Victor any more. Victor was my nerd name. Now I am Vector!")
To cut the story short, he adopts three children; Margo, Edith and Agnes. While the plan is still on; a cold blooded Gru is slowly became a lukewarm blooded villain. His relationship with those kids has softened his heart. One night before the kids going to sleep, Agnes makes an unfamiliar request to Gru, "Will you read us a bed time story?... Pretty, please."
"The physical appearance of the 'please' makes no difference. No!", he said. Well, after a while he finally says yes. The bedtime story is called 'Sleepy Kitten':
Three little kittens loved to play; they had fun in the sun all day. Then their mother came out and said, "Time for kitten to go to bed." Three little kittens started to bawl, "Mommy, we're not tired at all." Their mother smiled and said with a purr, "Fine, but at least you should brush your fur." Three little kitten with fur all brushed said, "We can't sleep, we feel too rushed!" Their mother replied, with a voice like silk, "Fine, but at least you should drink your milk." Three little kittens with milk all gone rubbed their eyes and started to yawn, "We can't sleep. We can't even try." Then their mom sang a lullaby, "Good night kittens close your eyes. Sleep in peace until you rise. Though while you sleep we are apart, your mommy loves you with all her heart."
"The end. Good night.'
As they spent the time together, his already lukewarm heart became tender like a meat marinated with wine. Gru, was a lonely man but now his life has became more alive. After a great adventure together, he wrote a bedtime story for them. 'This gonna be the best book ever!’ said Agnes.
One Big Unicorn by Gru.
One big unicorn strong and free thought he was happy as he could be. Then three little kittens came around and turn his life upside down! They made him laugh. They made him cry. He never should have said goodbye. And now he knows he could never apart from those three little kittens that change his heart. The end.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:8a, "Love never fails." Never fails, never comes to an end, is never replace by anything else. When it comes to love, a true love, we couldn't stand a chance to be someone who we were before - it changes us. Gru, with all his ambitious to be the greatest villain of all is now became a loving father. What change him? It was love. John Darby comments, "This is the divine character... our relationship with God are in grace. Love is His nature."
Your heart today maybe as cold as Gru were, your life is filled with loneliness and you may have done or planning to do evil instead of righteousness. Lift your hand to Father, He might send you children or little kittens or bedtime story book. You might be surprise when He sent you the 'unexpected gifts' that will change your life forever. About 2,000 years ago, He wrote a love-action story, even better than 'Sleepy Kittens' and 'One Big Unicorn', it called 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' This is His first and ultimate gifts.
'God is love' (1 John 4:8) and Paul said 'Love never fails'. This is the same kind of love that they wrote about- Agape love, the love of Christ for mankind. God is love; therefore love never fails because God will never fail you.
Do you want to receive His love today?