GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Today is my husband Kerry's birthday. It is the 23rd time we've celebrated it together. I guess you'd say I like him a little bit.
It's not hard for me to wish Kerry a happy birthday or to buy him a present or to hug him. He is my partner, my mate, the father of my child. I love him very, very much.
The same cannot be said about every single person I have encountered in my life. In other words, our children, our significant others, our parents, our siblings and other family members, our friends and neighbors and colleagues -- it's easy for us to love them.
But what about the nimrod who cut you off in traffic earlier or the business associate who threw you under the bus last week? Hmm. Harder to hug.
Worse, what about people who dislike you based on your race, gender, ethnicity, political beliefs, religious views or, because you have unruly hair? What about people who actually wish you harm? Yikes; really tough to even stomach. Sigh.
The thing about hate is…it can never change. And the only person it truly hurts is the hater. Don't be the hater. Try to let other drivers into your lane; overlook minor irritations at home, in the office or around the block. And as for those who despise us; let's just pray for their hearts to soften...
And maybe that they get a giant pimple in the middle of their face, too. #letstrytogetalong
Matthew 5: Jesus said to his disciples:"You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you... And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."