This morning I woke up and realized it was Monday. Monday means that I have to write something motivational/inspirational for everyone, since I decided to start this series. It’s been a busy weekend and I just want to sleep. We sent off one of my dearest friends (who is being deployed soon) with a surprise dinner, which meant driving 4 hours to eat and socialize and then turning around to come back home. Exhausting? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely! As I think about her leaving and that it’s preceding Independence Day, I think about our freedoms and the things we take for granted and the things our soldiers sacrifice for them.
But I decided to write about that later.
As I surfed the net this morning, procrastinating on all the things I need to be doing and would rather not, I came across this and it hit me hard:
When I see people making certain choices or not doing the things I think they should be doing, it’s super easy and almost a natural reaction to think “well if she did this…” or “they shouldn’t have said/thought/done…” because we have come through situations and know better. Hopefully we know better…and do better. I’ve made some really dumb choices in life. God’s grace, mercy and compassion are the only things that keep me here and I’ve tried to use those incredibly dumb mistakes and horrible life experiences to try and be a blessing to others, to guide and help them through life.
I try really hard to make that my first reaction to people. It doesn’t always happen that way, but humility finds its way into the equation, whether it be intentional on my part or not.
I’m guilty of being judgmental in a lot of situations and against a lot of people. I’ll admit it. It’s certainly something about which I constantly pray and work to improve. I know that it tends to be human nature to judge a book by its cover, but I have learned, and try to teach others, that by doing so you sometimes miss out on your own blessings. You will also miss out on your opportunity to be a blessing.
I don’t say all of this to give the false illusion that everything and everyone is all sunshine and roses. There are some negative people out there. I do know some of them. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s our responsibility to show compassion and understanding, when possible and appropriate. Be slower to judge and understand that when we say there is a time, reason and season for what we’re going through, that it is occurring in the lives of others as well. We are all indeed going through this experience of life together and for as sure as we need compassion and understanding in our trials, we will at some point be called to give it to others in their time of need.
One of my favorite quotes states simply this:
“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is facing some kind of battle.” – unknown
Try these gestures: Sincerely smile at a stranger. Give a genuine hug. When you ask “how are you?” at least let the person respond. Be the humbly positive influence that people are seeking. Be slower to judge before you know the circumstances because you may not always know the path on which they have to walk at the time. I’m certainly going to try to do better!
Make It Awesome!