Are you guilty?

Posted by: Rebecca.

You’re running late to a friend’s party, you had to stop and pick up a bag of chips. Of course, the only grocery check-out lane that’s open is the one with a woman, her screaming baby, a toddler who keeps trying to run off, and two weeks worth of groceries on the conveyor belt. You:

A. huff, roll your eyes and begin tapping your foot loudly on the floor, ensuring the woman and the cashier KNOW you are irritated and in a hurry.

B. take a breath, smile, and ask if there’s anything you can do to help, or better yet, when the mom apologizes for the 55th time, you let her know it’s okay, and that everyone has their moments. (This simple act of kindness will bless her more than you will ever know. I’ve been that mom.)

flowersLove bears up under anything and everything that comes, it is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything {without weakening}. 1 Corinthians 13:7

I know it’s nothing new, but this weekend I had a great reminder of what love really is, and it goes way beyond our family and close friends.

I believe it filters into how we treat others, not just those with whom we have a romantic or family connection. Friends, our kids teacher or coach, coworkers, a stranger, people who are outside the comfort zone we so closely guard.

When you hear someone at work found out they have terminal cancer, have you offered any support, be it friendship or a financial gift? When you drive through Starbucks for your morning caffeine fix, have you ever been thoughtful and paid for the car behind you? Even a cup of coffee can brighten someone’s day.

Pay it forward34When your spouse or significant other comes home from work and has had an awful day, do you unload your bad day, hoping to top theirs, or do you give them a hug, smile and ask them to tell you all about it. And then listen…just listen. (Praying with them helps a lot too!)

We all have opportunities to walk in love. The power to brighten someone’s day with random acts of kindness. Are you guilty of them?

What are some ways you’ve shined the light of love into someone’s darkness?

Your turn to Shed Your Light below…

About the author:

RebeccaRebecca Bergren is a writer with the ability to redefine clichés and travel through time with the mysterious, quirky cast of her novels. Life’s lessons have also inspired her to weave a message of hope and God’s restoration power into her heartwarming screenplays and humorous short pieces.

Rebecca is a member of ACFW, MyBookTherapy, Write Now Writers’ Group, and Writing Craft Girls critique circle. She lives in Minnesota with one fabulous man, three spunky kids, and a marshmallow-eating Labrador.

 

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About Rebecca

Novelist, screenwriter, devourer of books, homeschool mom

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