So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
When was the last time you said, "That made my day!"? Was it when your spouse surprised you with a bouquet of flowers or an unexpected gift? Your child took his first steps? You got that promotion you were hoping for? The test results for cancer came back negative? These are but a few examples of grand and glorious things which happen in our lives that genuinely make our day, but I believe we can, and need to, feel this way about the small gestures we make toward and receive from others in our ordinary, day-to-day existence. When we become focused on treating others the way we would like to be treated, seemingly insignificant overtures will, delightfully, take on a whole new meaning. Let me illustrate this by using the example of my weekly trip to the grocery store. Ready to go shopping?
As I pull out of the driveway and begin winding along the roads in my neighborhood, I spy a lady walking her two dogs. I don't know her, but I smile and wave anyway. When I get to the main road, I see a car waiting to merge into the line of traffic; I slow and signal the driver to pull out in front of me. I arrive at the grocery store, park my car, and begin walking toward the doors. This is when the smiles begin in earnest. Yes, I smile at perfect strangers, strike up conversations while waiting at the deli, stop moms with their babies so I can admire and compliment, exchange greetings and, often, full-blown conversations with the managers and staff at the store, let the other shopper go first if we are about to collide at the corner of an aisle, ask any bewildered-looking customer if I can be of help, and allow someone with fewer item to jump ahead of me in the check-out line. I treat others how I wish to be treated. Whether I know if I made anyone's day by showing kindness doesn't matter. What matters is, by doing so, I've made mine.
What can you do to "make your day" today?
Psalms 97, 99, (100) or 94, 95
2 Chronicles 29:1-3; 30:1 (2-9) 10-27
1 Corinthians 7:32-40
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