Beyond the Comfort Zone
When we're completely honest, most of us know people in our lives we've had trouble loving. Sometimes, this can happen in our own households.
Just this morning, I was refereeing a dispute between Jackson and Andrew when after settling the issue, Jack said to me, "How can I be kind to Drew when he is not kind to me?" So I told him that God tells us to love others as ourselves without conditions, and He even tells us to love our enemies. Jack responded, "But that is SOOO hard!" And boy is this not true?
We know our greatest instructions from God are to love him and to love our neighbor, but our differences and various circumstances can make getting along difficult-to say the least. It's human to fall short of this greatest commandment, but it's not reason to stop trying to follow God's commands. Think about the situations where you feel challenged to show understanding and kindness to others. Strive to honor God and grow spiritually by intentionally loving those you struggle to love. When your kids see you make this effort, they'll do the same.
It's easy in adulthood to get cozy in circles of friends and not stretch out our arms in grace to others. It can be downright scary to go outside our comfort to love others we might not necessarily connect with easily. Give it a try and take your kids along for the adventure. The relationships you'll build along the way will enrich and bless your life.
About Kadi Strong
I am a lover of the word y'all. I eat oysters and crawfish. I grew up on sweet tea and gumbo. I am a southern girl at heart! Much of my childhood was spent in Lake Charles, LA . I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, and thus my fingers naturally make the longhorn sign!