An entry on a favorite blog caught my eye. It was the morning of the writer’s ninth wedding anniversary. Not having a lot of money, he ran out (literally; no car) to get his wife their favorite French pastry—pain au chocolat. He arrived home, exhausted, to find her in the kitchen just pulling a chocolate-filled croissant out of the oven. It was pain au chocolat.
That husband compared his life with his wife to the lives of the people in O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi.” It tells of a man who sold his lone valuable possession—a pocket watch—to buy hair combs for his wife, who had sold her long, beautiful hair to buy a gold chain for his watch.
We sometimes need a reminder that acquiring “things” is not as important as appreciating the people God has placed in our lives. When we put others’ interests before ours (Philippians 2:3), we learn what it means to love, serve, and sacrifice—and how to pattern Christ in our relationships (Ephesians 5:1–2).
Life, love, and chocolate taste better when shared with others.