Most of us want to love others well.
Hey everyone. I’m Sherry Douglas with Heart-Song. It’s easy to love others when they think and act like us. Not so much when they have different views on life and they let us know it or they act on those views in a way we oppose. We may feel like we want to minimize the connection times with them – maybe out of feeling embarrassed, because it is so challenging, or because we feel our view is the only right one.
If we take a few steps back, though, we can realize someone else may feel the exact same way about us. No one person is the one who is right all the time, the one who has all the information, the one who is the smartest. What if we take deep breaths and assess ourselves? It may not be easy, but through an assessment we can begin a transformation that will enable us to love others better. To enable us to not have to be right.
I believe most of us want to love others well. We want to be approachable and have a welcoming spirit. One way to love others is to listen to and respect the person with a different opinion than ours. Whether we are or are not people of faith, the meaning of Philippians 2:3 is dynamic, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” We won’t always be right. We won’t always be the smartest. But we can be humble and consider others more important than ourselves. We can listen to and love others by respecting them. If we do that, amazing things will happen.
Live the way you want to be remembered. See you next time.