Love and Be Loved
One of my favorite things to do is learn about, and love on people. How often do we get caught up in ourselves? Way too much. (Just me? Okay well click away now.) We are so worried with the test we have tomorrow, the big move coming up, that boy that we just started talking to, how you’re dressed for the day, what we are eating for dinner? That sometimes we forget to just stop, and listen to other people. To smile when they speak, and actually listen. Don’t listen ready to answer, but just listen to take it in. Learn about their hopes, dreams, things that scare them, and that funny story that they are telling. I love to listen, and talk, and make (hopefully) a positive impact on their life, even if just a few seconds.
The best way I have found myself learning how to do this better, is to be the biggest encourager of dreams. I don’t want to be the neigh-sayer, I want to be the cheerleader! I want to speak life into circumstances that might make other people nervous. I’m not saying I am always this person, or that it isn’t hard. Especially, when someone’s dream might seem a little far fetched. BUT, we can do all things through Christ, IF that is part of HIS plan….RIGHT? That is what I preach to myself, so why not live like that too?
A few years ago, I ran into a guy I went to high school with, we’d both gone off to school. I asked him how he’d been, and what’d been up to. He sighed and just said that he’d been playing soccer for “just the local school.” I looked at him and said, “Hey, don’t belittle that! You got signed to play soccer because you’re talented, at a STATE school? It might be ‘just Melbourne’ to us, but to anyone else looking in, you got signed at a state school to play sports! That is a big deal, you should be proud!”
Immediately, his face changed, I could see that it meant something to him to know he was doing big things, but that was because the Holy Spirit moved my heart to tell him that he could!
Y’all… that moment might have made him have a different outlook, but it CHANGED my heart. It made me realize the power of my words on others, but not just in the negative way we always think. How often have we heard to not say hurtful things because they could scar someone? SO MANY TIMES. But how many times have we heard to say positive, life giving things to people? Those encouraging words, that could also be so life changing? Like I said, that statement may not have made a huge impact on him, but it changed me. It made me remember to be a positive light when I can. To never tell someone they can’t. To support, encourage, and listen to the people around me. To love on them with my words, and to be the light I can be.
I have lots of people at work tell me that I am super happy go lucky, or that I never get the memo when everyone else seems to be in a bad mood. It’s not that I never am upset, but I choose daily my mood and outlook. My joy is not in the circumstance, it is in the Lord. I am choosing to rejoice, because I am so blessed. Bad times will come, it is inevitable, but I choose JOY, and I choose to show that to others too.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”