Thursday, October 9, 2014
Don't be looking to prove someone wrong. Others may have simply misspoke or are mistaken (or maybe I misunderstood). So a little patience and time spent considering what the subtext is can keep you from saying something short-sighted, defensive or selfish.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
When I give, expecting something in return, my motives become clear when my generosity is not reciprocated. I feel disappointed or bitter that the other person didn't return the favor. In this state, our relationship cannot improve because I have no joy in giving and they sense my displeasure. When I truly give to serve, my love is obvious and our relationship improves. Ironically, when I give without desiring anything in return, the other person will often sense my true generosity and be more likely to show love and care for me and bless me in return. We shouldn't confuse the returned favor as the reason we give; it's just a side benefit. We give because God gave so much to us and we want to share that with others.