Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year. Just my opinion!
I love the kinder gentler temperatures, trees showing crimson splendor, pumpkins on the porch and evenings snuggling on the couch.
It’s also the beginning of the holiday season. And by ‘holidays’ I mean one opportunity after another to make connections and memories with family and friends. Those get-togethers are full of promise but they can also be a source of angst, because with every family time there’s the possibility of hurt feelings or angry flare-ups.
Have you ever been with family or friends and someone makes a flippant remark that cuts you to the core? Maybe it wasn’t the words they said, perhaps it was the harshness of the tone or the caustic sarcasm that cut deep.
In past years , I’m pretty certain at one time or another, my tone or words have left drama, stress and judgement. in their wake. And to my horror, because this is something I never want to do, I know I’ve said or done things that made someone feel less-than. These impressions are the exact opposite of my hearts desire, which is to be a source of peace. To leave someone feeling better about themselves than they did before. To leave someone feeling loved and appreciated.
A couple of weeks ago, my quiet time reading was in Philippians. Paul was urging them (the Philippians) to get along, to love each other…and then he tells them how:
*In humility consider others better than yourself…
Hummm, maybe this is a key.
In my journal I wrote:
When I have trouble loving people…when I’m nit-picky and my tone is harsh…when I’m quick to judge…
Father help me remember to:
Consider others better than myself…
So that’s my prayer in this season … In every single opportunity, to have that filter.
Considering others better than myself and in doing so, to give them preference and leave them with only good things.
Have you ever struggled with considering others better?
I’m still counting gifts…#944- a season full of opportunity for my weakness to become strength with the help of the Father…
~Love to you my sweet friends~