Christmas Countdown, Day 3
It’s time to take the ‘judgy’ pants off…time to stop being impatient with people, time to stop being critical of yourself and others…time to start lifting the fallen and healing the broken.
As I have said over the past two days, this time of year is soooo difficult for some people and has challenges for all of us because everything is in a heighted state. It is so easy to lose your temper at someone or become annoyed with their behavior…yet do you realize that they are honestly doing the best that they can for who they are in the moment? We never, ever know what people are going through and we have no right to pass judgement on the brief part of them that reveals itself in our world, it is our job to be KIND, to bring a blessing, to be a blessing…
People will respond to kindness and you never know the difference that you could make for someone by simply being kind. Today I went to the Price Chopper here in Vermont, where I live…it’s a grocery store. The cashier that checked me out was grim looking and somewhat snappy, so I just started asking her how she was today and how her Thanksgiving was etc. My first instinct was to withdraw when she seemed short, however I work hard to practice what I preach and so I just kept bombarding her with kindness and by the time she was done checking me out, her demeanor had shifted and she told me that she hoped I had a really good day.
We have to go outside our normal reaction, we need to come up higher and really work to bring good into everything we do and every place we go. When you start focusing on this, on how you can be a blessing for other people then your seeming problems will work themselves out. GOD has a special place in his heart for people that bless other people, when you are taking care of others GOD will take care of you.
This is a practice and sometimes you have to force yourself, take me today for instance…it’s been a stressful day and I had to remind myself to sit down and write a post for you guys even though I am feeling blah today…I knew that if I focused on you it would cheer me up and I was right:) See you tomorrow…xoxo