“A person with a Primark bag in their hands always has a smile on their face”. So, said, a good friend of mine in Lisvane.
This made me laugh and made me think about what might be in my Primark bag – probably new shoes and new bags! But then I thought, what are we carrying in our bags that would make a difference and bring a smile not just to our faces, but to those of others?
My friend’s comment made me think of Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” What if we filled the ‘Primark bag’ of our lives, with things that delight God for a whole year – would that bring a smile to my face? Would that make a difference? Would it make this year perhaps the best year ever?
I considered the sorts of things God may ask us to place into our ‘bags’. The greatest commandment is to love God with all that we are and then to love our neighbour, and even our enemy, as ourselves (Matthew 5:11, Matthew 22:36-40). If we carried this throughout the year, how instantly and incredibly would it change our relationships, our families, our communities, our nation and our world. Even more so, what if we also placed inside our ‘Primark Bag’ Godly qualities such as joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Our friendships would deepen, our working lives would know balance and integrity, the list goes on.
The challenging and yet powerful reality of what we place in our life and carry with us into our days, weeks and months will determine the wideness of that smile on our face. The Bible challenges us that taking delight in God and all He is and all He asks of us, filling our ‘Primark bags’ with who Jesus asks us to be, results in the desires of our hearts being given. The desires of our hearts you see change the more we live as He asks. We realise that a bag (life) filled with all He is, results in a smile on our face, a smile on the faces of those around us and a wonderful knowledge that the desires of our hearts have truly been met.
Let’s always fill our lives with the things that really count.