“Love…as yourself.”

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:26

Beep, beep, beep… I’m sitting in the office listening to the beeping sound coming out of the tech closet. What does it mean? I have no idea, but I did let my boss know that the closet is speaking to me.

Happy Friday one and all! My morning began a little earlier and was anything but normal. What’s going on in your life? This is what’s going on in mine:

-Tuesday we found out I had limited exposure to someone with Covid (it was bound to happen at some point).

-Sadness: no Willow in the mornings until I find out what’s going on, test results due today.

-The truck has no fan, so Eric has been driving in the cold since the end of last winter (it really wasn’t a priority for him until now—brrrr!) and it needs a new ball–I’m assuming that since it’s not sports-related it’s not going to be $19.99, lol.

-This morning we carpooled as the truck is seeing the doctor. Instead of driving half an hour home and half an hour back to work, I came to the office to hang out. That gave me time to spend with Heavenly Dad. I had to pass Cabin Coffee to get here, what a shame :-)!

I love Cabin Coffee❤️ If anyone gives me any sort of cash or gift card, it goes on my Cabin Coffee Card for a rainy day, sunny day, and everything in between. I savor each cup of wonderful brew I get as they’re few and far between.

As Eric says, “Today is another good day.”

Hopefully, you slipped a comment into the bottom about your day. Now I wonder: what is Heavenly Dad talking to you about? He’s been sharing His heart with me about love pretty much this whole year. In the last two weeks the love has been about myself with a reflection of how I show love.

What I have learned is—where do I start! What comes to the surface today is the love I show when things aren’t going the way I want them to. That situation right there is when I need to show love the most but where I do the least.

When people do things that annoy you, do you just feel the world would be much better if they would just change: Stop biting their nails, tapping the table, leaving cups in the living room, interrupting you when you’re trying to talk, accept advice, wake up without prodding, and…you fill in the blank? I mean, come on, that wouldn’t just help you, that’s for global/world peace, right?

No, that’s just about me and making me happy. Selfish much? Yes, I am.

Today’s chat with Heavenly Dad is about looking past/behind the actions that feel like sandpaper. I have to laugh because the old phrase, “what would Jesus do,“ popped into my head.

What if I paused, and truly looked at the person instead of moving quickly to the next item on my check-off list? I could actually ask the person how they are feeling, what’s going on in their life, is something troubling them? Do they even know they’re biting the nails or tapping the table? When was the last time I asked, “Is there anything I can do for you?“ Or better yet, “Hey, can I do_____ for you today?” What about warming up their car, pouring the coffee, making the bed, or even thanking them when they do something for you?

Crap! I didn’t even touch on Heavenly Dad’s “coming to Jesus meeting” with me on that one yesterday. I started thinking about all the things that I have been letting slide without saying thank you. That was a serious conviction. I lived doing things for myself without anything or anyone for years, so EVERYTHING done for me is a GIFT I don’t want to take for granted or forget.

What would the people around me feel like if every single thing they did for me I said, “Thank you!” Probably (after they got over the shock and thinking that I lost my mind) appreciated, accepted, and valued–dare I say LOVED?

What would your world look like if the sandpaper people in your life were no longer there? The trash cans would never overflow–because there would be no one to fill them. No one would disrespect you–because there would be no one to talk to (or love you). You would never have to tell your spouse for the umpteenth time to get up…because you’d be sleeping alone in a very big, cold, empty bed.

What do I need to change in me? What do I need to do for them(“Love your neighbor as yourself.”)? Loving them means changing me–not being walked on–loving them in spite of their actions.

Still growing! Until next time: Blessings!

2 thoughts on ““Love…as yourself.”

  1. Sending prayers and hugs your way. Thank you for being there when I needed someone to talk to and all the prayers for my family this year. Just taking things one day and task at a time.

  2. So convicting and so true!
    I often think of how I can’t wait for the day when my house will always be clean and tidy (unlikely to EVER happen for any significant duration of time as long as ANYONE lives there, but I digress) but then… it’ll also be quieter and more empty then too, won’t it? After all, it takes less mess-makers to make less mess…
    I need to be more grateful for the time and moments I have now, while they last, and stop living for “I can’t wait til ___”ville. So many blessed todays might pass me by if I don’t stop and thank God for them NOW!

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