We’ve dug deep over the last few days and have discussed some important subjects pertaining to the Christmas season. (You can catch up here.) Subjects of when the holidays are hard and what do we do with our grief over the loss of a loved one at Christmastime have sparked much conversation. We’ve opened up our hearts as we’ve encouraged one another. We’ve spurred each other on in hope.
There’s no better time to do that then at Christmastime.
One thing we’ve come to understand is this…
People are hurting for a number of reasons, especially during the holidays.
It’s possible you are one of these people. I pray you’ve been encouraged through the last few posts and strengthened by God’s love. I hope you continue on the road to healing and wholeness this season.
A long time ago I learned hurting people hurt people. When someone hurts he or she may act out of that hurt and behave in ways he/she normally wouldn’t.
The grieving spouse might yell at her children.
The sad neighbor might turn mean.
That co-worker who drives you crazy might be the one to have buried her hurt for years.
The man freshly laid off of work might be the one who cut you off in traffic.
What if we chose to see people, especially during the holidays, with fresh eyes?
What if we saw them as hurting souls? Souls who are just trying to survive in this world, who maybe, just maybe, are acting out of their hurt?
Would that make a difference in how we react to their offenses? Would we respond different to the mean neighbor or the person who cut us off on the road?
The hurt doesn’t excuse the behavior, no, but might it help us to understand a little better?
I recently ran across a scripture that caused me to ponder. So much so, I’ve been attempting to live it out in my daily life this Christmas season. It’s all about how I treat and react to others. Here is Ephesians 4:2 in a number of translations:
Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. CEV
Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. GNT
Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. TLB
Could being humble and gentle make a difference? If we patiently put up with one another and loved each other, would that cause this Christmas to be a bit more merry for us and for others? I believe it would.
If we treated others and reacted to them with humbleness, gentleness, patience, and love, maybe their hurts would begin to heal. And, maybe ours would too.
If we chose to live out Ephesians 4:2, I believe we would shine God’s light in this season and beyond, into the new year.
Let’s do this together. Will you join me?
Let’s be the change we want to see this season. Let’s begin by seeing others with fresh eyes.
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