Loyalty & Kindness

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.

My mother-in-law wears a keepsake necklace.  Inside she has tiny photographs of my two children and the rest of her grandkids, and it’s always a special treat to them when she lets them gingerly open the locket to see the pictures inside.

Without her saying it, it’s clear that my mother-in-law treasures the necklace.  It’s a ever-present reminder of her grandkids and the special bond she has with each of them.

The passage I’ve quoted above uses exactly the same imagery as my mother-in-law.  Only, instead of photos of children, this locket contains two precious character traits that go unnoticed in our world today: loyalty and kindness.

Our culture is consumed with cleverness, humor, and popularity.  We all want to be in-the-know, and we’ve become obsessed with being beautiful and cool.

Tonight, I’m pondering what it is that I keep tucked away in my keepsake necklace.  I have a fairly good guess, and it’s not loyalty and kindness… but in this moment, I really want it to be.

Pretty sure this should be one of my focal verses for the next few months (or years).  You can read this passage as well as the context here.

What about you?  What’s your keepsake?