Tuesday, March 10, 2009

spreading love

I'm so very thankful for all that God has been teaching me lately. In addition to reaching out to people in need around the world, He is opening my eyes to the needs that are right in front of me.

Our family has a new mission in our home--to store up treasures in Heaven. I've challenged my kiddos to start looking outside of themselves and begin to find ways to bless each other. Rather than complain about dirty clothes dropped outside the laundry room door, it's an opportunity to smile and do something nice for that person. There's definitely a change that has happened within my own heart, and I'm excited to see the change spreading throughout our home. Even Sara is getting in on the action. I love it! :-)

Right outside my front door, I have countless opportunities to bless others. I'm making an effort to really connect with the people within our neighborhood. Too often, I find myself navel-gazing. I have to remind myself to actually stop, smile at my neighbors and take time to catch up. There are so many opportunities to love on the kids who live down the street. I tend to be an introverted person and am not always comfortable reaching out. But, the more God speaks to me, the more I realize this life really isn't about me. It's about Him and what He wants to do through me.

My other favorite place to spread love is while I'm out running errands. I'm learning how to s-l-o-w down and really connect with the people who serve me. Tonight, for example, I had some great conversations with a young lady who cut my hair, a waitress at my favorite sushi restaurant, the cashier at a local craft store, the librarian and two workers at the gas station. It doesn't have to take long or be a serious conversation. Sometimes it's enough just to actually look the person in the eye who is serving you, thank them and smile.

So many times, I get lost in my own world that I forget that the people serving me are actually real people, with real lives and beating hearts. It makes me sad to admit that, but it's true. As I learn to look outside myself, I am recognizing the countless opportunities that God gives me to spread His love. When I do, I notice people perk up and really soak up His love. In turn, I'm blessed to be used in such a simple but profound way.

It's definitely a process and I'm still learning. But. I have to say, so far, it's been incredibly fun.

So, what'ya say? Wanna help me spread some love? Ya'll have been pretty quiet lately. I would love to hear some of the ways that you've been spreading the love. Please leave a comment, eh? :-)

After all, love is a key part of LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

Sweet blessings,