Any time that I get irritated with others or start finding fault with them, I have learned that the problem is usually with me. When I am in the center of God’s will, living my life as I should be, then I have more grace and compassion with others. I’m calmer, more patient, more forgiving, more loving, and more understanding. We all have flaws. We all make mistakes. No one is exempt from trials and troubles. So often we judge others on what we are feeling.
If I’m having a great day, and I have to stand in line a little longer at the grocery store, then it really isn’t a big deal. If I’ve had a wonderful day, and my children do something wrong, then I respond with love and compassion. However, if I’m having a bad day, I magnify every problem and situation. During these times, it is so hard for me to see the good in anyone or anything. And I react to the situations with anger or aggravation, instead of responding with love and grace.
It’s so much easier to believe the worst about someone or something, then it is to be the one who finds something good. The good is there, however, if we will only learn to pause and search for it. We never know what someone is going through. Just by looking at them, we don’t know their story. I’m sure if we truly knew what another person was going through, we would treat them with kindness.
This is something that I am determined to work on in my own life. When I think the negative thoughts about someone else or something, it hurts me. It puts me in that negative mindset. Even if I never speak the words. They are in my mind.
Today, I read the forth chapter of Philippians. I want to give my time attention to the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report. I want to praise people for the good that they do, instead of being the person who looks for the bad. I want to think about the good, and be more like my God. I never want my words or actions to tear someone else down. I want to use them to give others a little glimpse of my God. And to be a light to someone who is consumed with darkness. The world has enough darkness and pain, I want to be the light.
So I am taking a 30 Day Kindness Challenge. For the next thirty days, I am going to be kind and respond with love—in every situation. I’m only going to allow good, positive, loving thoughts to be in my mind and to come out of my mouth. Even when I’m irritated, I’m still going to respond with love. And I am NOT going to complain. Will you join me?
Here is a book to help.
Love and blessings,