Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bent Out of Shape

Many times in our chase for excellence, achieving our goals and trying to live our life, we do not take the time to realize the impact our behavior has on others, both good and bad. Maybe because we are struggling in our own lives or have our own pain and frustrations to overcome, sometimes we do not put enough effort into being a blessing to others. Look, we all make mistakes, some of them good, some of them right down bad, but most of the time, we learn from them, which is the bottom line. Right?

Have you ever tried to give out advice when it wasn’t necessarily wanted or needed? And when you were told it wasn’t needed, you got your nose all bent of shape BUT when asked why you were acting a certain way (or why you have your nose so bent out of shape), you blamed it on somebody else or that you weren’t feeling well on that particular day. Did you realize that you ended up hurting that person’s feelings? Or did you even stop to think about that? The things that make me go hmmmm?

So let me ask you this. Do you treat others with kindness and respect regardless of your differences? Do you use the old saying do unto others as you would have others do unto you? Do you practice empathy and compassion when interacting with others regardless of your background? If not, perhaps you should start by praying for others’ needs and wants (instead of your own) and ask God how you can be a blessing to others. From my own experience, the rewards are greater than words can explain! It also will help you to understand and overcome struggles in your own journey each day and move you closer to your pursuit of excellence.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others. Be a blessing to someone today!


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