The person in line beside me at the grocery store.
The angry driver who cut me off on the way home.
The friend who suddenly exploded for no reason.
Have we ever stopped to consider there’s always more to the story than what we see? Or do we get so caught up in ourselves and being offended and getting our way???
I’ll be the first to raise my hand on that part about being offended and what not…gosh, I’m soooo easily offended it’s not even funny some days. Brian looks at me like, REALLY??!?!?! Starr. Get. Over. Yourself. Right. Now.
Each one of us carries burdens and struggles that weigh us down. And many times we never know the full story of those around us, even our closest friends.
If we did, I can’t help but think we’d be a little more compassionate in our responses.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
Count others more significant than ourselves.
Look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others.
This is what we are called to do.
How do we live that out??
Maybe it looks a little like this –
-spend time listening to a friend when they need support or a shoulder to lean on -give grace when grace is not deserved -not jumping to conclusions when someone reacts harshly in a situation -assume the best in those around us.
This topic has been on my mind for several weeks and I’m learning to remember – there’s always more to the story than what I see.
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