Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan always took a moment during his games to pop his head out of the dugout and scan the stands, looking for his wife, Ruth. When he saw her, he would grin or nod to acknowledge her presence. Then he would turn his attention back to the game once again.
It was a simple moment, but one that was very important for Ruth. She appreciated this gesture that was repeated countless times over a span of some thirty years, dating back to high school. His consistent attention spoke volumes of his love for her.
Let us be consistent in how we acknowledge those we love. It is not always the big, memorable moments that are the most important, but the continual attention we direct their way.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”—Romans 13:8.