I am honored to host Melanie of Only a Breath here today. Meeting Melanie online has been so encouraging as she has such a way of giving to others that is so special and real. She also is a wife and mom who loves to belly-laugh and savor each moment of this precious life. She writes to encourage others and share the hope of God’s unfailing love…. please help me welcome Melanie!
When my alarm clock goes off each morning, I prepare for a busy day of shuttling children, work deadlines, juggling responsibilities, and must often fight the urge to live life in “autopilot” mode. This became apparent to me as I rushed past a friend with a stressed expression and robotically called out “How are you?” to her with my polite, plastered smile — not really paying attention but instead mentally checking my “to do” list for the day.
As I caught myself mid-step, I felt conviction in my heart. How did my actions just make my friend feel? As I rushed past her, barely slowing to hear her response, did I really convey to her that I cared how she was doing?
Would Jesus rush past me as he asked how I was doing?
I turned around and apologized to my friend. You see, she means far more to me than any “to do” list. After taking time to really talk with her, I realized that we all just want to feel loved, understood, and appreciated.
We want to feel important.
I have vowed to replace my robotic “How are you?” with a heartfelt question that conveys compassion and encouragement. How about you? Do you really care how someone else is doing? You have the unique opportunity to share love with each person God has placed in your life. Especially on busy, hectic days, you may the one that has the words of encouragement that God wants them to hear.
He has placed you in their path today for a specific reason…
We may not be able to solve someone else’s problems, but we can show them the love of Christ. We can greet others the way Christ would greet us. Could you imagine running into Jesus in the grocery store? His overwhelming love made an impact on every person he encountered!
Let’s love like Christ and shine for Him in a dark world!
… So tell me, how are YOU?
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:18