This "challenge" got me thinking about how I show His love to people on a daily basis? It made me realize that maybe I don't always have the best approach...this is not intentional. Life happens and occasionally, I let my emotions get the best of me. Then, I find myself irritated or annoyed and not acting out of love.
There are days when life is just plain hard. I think, in fact I know my pastor would tell me even on those hard days; we must love.
Circumstances are going to happen and curve balls are going to come at warp speed. I'd like to learn how to knock these balls out of the park. How about you?
How can I go about my day (because if we are honest here...sometimes I am just down right frazzled) and show this type of love to complete strangers or to those closest to me? We all know, we tend to "let it all out" on those we love dearest.
The answer is simple...smile and be kind. It really only comes down to those two acts. Smile and Be Kind to ALL those we meet.
Maybe you hear the same story told time and again from a loved one? Smile. It will make the person feel heard and that their story is important.
The other day one of my daughters was misbehaving and I had to sit her down to discuss why she was given a consequence. I was upset with her behavior and quite frankly annoyed at the excuses that were pouring out. I could feel myself getting angry and my tone of voice getting louder.
Then I made myself relax, I took a breath and paused. I thought in my head about how I want this to come out. I didn't want to yell. If I started yelling back at her; I would be hypocritical (this took a lot of patience and I had to remind myself to breathe).
We sat together calmly and she listened. When we were through, I smiled at her, gave her a hug and told her I love her. Afterwards, she went to do her time out (without talking back!!!) and we went about our day. Smile and Be Kind. It works.
"It's all about finding the calm in the chaos." ~ Donna Karan