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Be Open. Be Kind.

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I believe in a lot of things. Lately, I have found myself discussing with friends, my husband, and myself the importance of being open and kind.

What do I mean by that?

I truly believe that when we know enough about a person, then it is easier to be compassionate and understanding when thing’s happen, or they offend us, or they are struggling. Jesus Christ knows us better than anyone else, even ourselves. So it is no surprise to me that he is our perfect comforter. God knows us, and therefor he can be perfectly understanding.

That is why I think it is important for us to be willing to be open with others. We can’t be afraid to let others know what’s going on in our lives. We don’t need to be specific, but I wish more people would say something like, “hey, I am having a hard time. I don’t want to talk about it, but I just want you to know that I am.” I WANT to know when you are having a hard time. Because then I can pray for you, or think about how I can help you. I can be sensitive to your life and know that if for some reason you are cranky with me one day, I can say “well, I know they are going through a lot right now.” I understand, it’s none of my business, but I hope people know that I am willing to listen and I am willing to be understanding!

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not an excuse for letting ourselves get offended or angry at someone we don’t know. I also believe in being kind. And that to me means a lot of things, but in this case it means giving people the benefit of the doubt. So that when that random person (who I will most likely never know anything about) cuts me off on the highway, I can and should think “maybe they are going through a rough time right now, maybe they are just having a bad day, or maybe there is an emergency.”

I believe we should be open and kind. Because doing those things will make our lives and others lives a lot less angry and stressful. And I think we can all agree the world us a little less stress and anger.

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