Excellent !!! Thanks for sharing that Abby. You speak VERY well, definitely inspired from above
Like you, I can get the same overwhelming “so much to do” syndrome and there is a risk of getting bogged down on rewriting to-do lists and agonising over what to do next. I’m trying to de-clutter our house in UK and my life simultaneously and hope for better progress …. Again, I suppose it is about letting go. Mysteriously, when we do, things start to fall into place and distances seem shorter and things seem easier. Loving God is much easier for me now as I have seen how he helps us and has really helped me. As the bible says, without him, we simply fall flat on our faces. Loving everyone isn’t always easy, but it definitely works much better than hating people or bearing a grudge ! (in the latter scenario, we suffer more than they do).
Some years ago on a training course in personal development, the trainer told us “every person is magnificent” which seemed puzzling at first, but putting it into practice works, because you can always find at least one special or “magnificent” thing in any person (even if there are many things not at all good in them). Barbara’s trick was finding out what it is and homing in on it. She had started off as cabin crew (flight attendant) with British Airways and was so good at making passengers happy, they promoted her to senior cabin crew and manager. They then realised that she was so good that they put her in head office training all the cabin crew. In time, she moved on and became a personal development trainer and coach & mentor to senior managers and directors (which is when I first met her). I did many training courses over many years, but what Barbara said stuck in my mind.
As with everything, we reap what we sow ….
David, Your wisdom is so appreciated. “Every person is magnificent” – I love that. Indeed, God has been prodding me to search for the Christ-likeness in everyone, even those I dislike, for they are made in His image, there is always something that reflects Him for His glory consumes all the earth. Yes, I have to hone in on that and love them because of Sweet Jesus.
Thanks Abby. Well, to be fair, I’m just sharing the wisdom of others. Sadly, I don’t always succeed, but at least I now know what we should do and hope to do it. As Rick Warren said : “Patience comes from wisdom, and wisdom comes from hearing the perspective of others”.
Then in Galatians 5 22-23, Paul says :
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”.
Well, now I have a feeling that by following your plan to focus on simply loving God and loving people that these may fall into place. Thanks again for sharing the story !
Have a nice day
You did it again
I don’t care if you are borrowing others’ wisdom, it’s new and delightful to me!
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