Relationships are vital to our daily life. If you want a good marriage you need to work on building a strong relationship with your spouse. If you are dating – you are definitely looking for faithfulness in your relationship. If you want a good friendship there has to be trust between friends to share your issues with one another. We want to be heard. We want to be understood. We want to be loved! We give to others and in return, hope that others will give back.
Here are some things I would like to ask you to think about…
How do you respond when you don’t agree with someone? Or, you have very different views on life or beliefs?! I’m not just talking about a loved one or a friend. What about an acquaintance, neighbor, a coworker, or even someone you may not enjoy being around sometimes? How do you interact with them? Are you awkward or even obviously annoyed by them? Do you ignore them because you have nothing in common? Do you know how to be civil with someone you really don’t care too much for?
Things aren’t always gonna be the way we want it to be. People aren’t always gonna agree with you. People aren’t always gonna respond how we would like them to. So, learning to respond in LOVE, instead of reacting off our emotions – will leave a lasting impression on others. People will remember those things and will appreciate it – even if they don’t say it!
I’ve been around many different types of people with different attitudes in my life and it started off as a little girl. I have 6 sisters and 2 brothers. So our home was constantly chaos. There was always so much noise and screaming because we were mostly girls with different attitudes and needs. We often fought for the attention of our parents. Myself, being the eldest girl I believed I was the boss. I always had to be in charge. And because of that I’ve had to learn the hard way – that things can’t always be my way!
When I became a Christian I learned, that being right all the time and wanting to take control isn’t how God expects us to be. I look at the life of Jesus and admire how, He was such a servant! Though He was fully God He didn’t come to this world to have people bow down and serve Him. In fact He did the opposite. He became the blessing to others by meeting their needs. The more I study who Jesus is, the more I’m drawn to Him. Walking in love is attractive. When you are something that is contrary to what people see nowadays, it is appealing.
This world is already filled with soo much hate and selfishness. I think most would agree that the times we live in, are darker than ever before. Let’s learn to be the light this world needs to see these days. Don’t let the fear of our chaotic and aggressive world, intimidate you. Be someone who loves fiercely. People will appreciate it! People will be thankful for it. Don’t we want to be appreciated?! I know I do!
You have the power to change a persons attitude; by loving them when they don’t deserve it. By smiling at the angriest faces. By hugging a person who is having a bad day. We don’t really know what has caused a person to be so angry. Those negative responses are usually an expression of some issue in their life that has caused fear or hurt. We unintentionally react out of our emotions in a negative way. So because of the fear or hurt from someone else; we lash out. I’ve been there!
“You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden. ” Matthew 5:14
Don’t let the darkness in this world cause your light to go out! You are the light who God created uniquely and beautifully!
Rest in Him friend,