I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and
kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Some of life’s most valuable lessons come from the most unexpected
sources. Never discount the things to be learned from what may
initially appear to be the most negative, uncomfortable, or trying situations.
Always look for the good in every individual and the value in every
circumstance…if you do, you will most assuredly find it! I have said this
before but it is worth repeating time and time again, after all we are a bit
stubborn and conveniently forgetful.
Have you ever known of anyone who has experienced a profound spiritual
experience or a paradigm shift while waiting on line for a Starbucks mocha
frapuccino? We grow from working through difficulty and painful issues. So next time you face obstacles to your
serenity look for the hidden, and sometimes not so hidden, opportunities for
growth and character building.
Thought for the
For a long time before I truly
understood the scripture below I felt justified by my love for my family. I thought I was a “real good guy”. Today I know that being kind and loving
to my family is nice, but a far cry from being Christian. If I am to really live my life as a
Christian I am to do for the
lowest what I do for my own.
How about you…are you a nice person
only to those you love or do you represent Christ in your actions towards everyone?
But I tell you not to try to get
even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your
right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek. If someone
sues you for your shirt, give up your coat as well. If a soldier forces you
to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. When people ask you for
something, give it to them. When they want to borrow money, lend it to
them. You have heard people say, "Love your neighbors and hate your
enemies." But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone
who mistreats you. Then you will be acting like your Father in
heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he
sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. If you love only those people who love
you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love their friends. If you greet only
your friends, what’s so great about that? Don’t even unbelievers do
that? But you must always act like your Father in heaven.
~Jesus / Matthew 5:39-47 (CEV)~