Living In Love
Easy ways to Show Appreciation for Others
Let’s make love a habit! One day a year to focus on love is not enough. With Valentine’s Day being so popular and routine, we tend to forget that it is how we are called to love everyday. Even when we don’t like it, or don’t feel like it, or the other person doesn’t deserve it, we care called to love above all else. Always be kind to others. Let’s show others patience, even when we are feeling impatient.
Be Kind to Others
Our pastor said this weekend “Love pushes to give others room. Love itself isn’t pushy, instead it’s a decision to pause and move at the other persons pace.” Let’s spread kindness! Let’s slow our pace to meet others where they are at, instead of where we want them to be.
Its so important to stop and consider how we treat others in life. It's easy to react to everything around us based off of our feelings. To be consumed with how we see things, can be very damaging to relationships and ourselves. Sometimes we treat others badly based off of how we feel about ourselves and our situations. The next time you catch yourself treating someone else poorly, take a pause and a deep look at the reason behind your reaction. Become aware of how you could treat others kindly the next time.
Love doesn’t envy or boast. Love is not proud. 1Corinthians 13:4b
Focus on celebrating others successes. It’s time to step out of the way and let others shine, even if we feel that we deserve it more. It can be hard at times to see how others contribute to lives around them. It's very easy to get caught in the comparison trap. Our world is always telling us to seek more, be more and want more. We have, in many ways, become a society that consumes. The next time someone has something they have accomplished fight the urge of jealousy and embrace them for what the have achieved. There is so much more to life than needing to compete. There is plenty, but living in a scarcity mindset dictates otherwise. Instead, spend your time creating and being inspired by those around you by celebrating with them.
Build Others Up
𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘳𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝟷 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝟷𝟹:𝟻
Sometimes we need to 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐏 & 𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐇𝐄! Don’t tear others down. Build them up instead! We don’t always know when we are doing this, but is can be as easy as constantly complaining to them. It doesn’t have to be intentionally rude. Some things are just abrasive.
Practice smiling, it’s the best medicine ever. It encourages others to do the same! Smiling is as contagious as a yawn, and as powerful. Be a person worth wanting to be around! Shine so that others are filled with light also. Strengthen them and they will do the same for others. Pay life forward.
Let Go of Hurt
𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥. 𝘐𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘎𝘳𝘶𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘴. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘥. 𝟷 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝟷𝟹:𝟻𝘣-𝟼
Holding on to anger and resentment only hurt us. Those we are angry with most likely don’t even know it or might not even care! 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐍 𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓 : anger causes health issues as well as relationship issues. No matter how hard it seems, letting go of resentment and kindly sharing your truth is also showing love to yourself and God.
𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘴 & 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴. 𝟷 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝟷𝟹:𝟽
With everything going on in the world today, protection is something ever present in our minds. We try to stay healthy, we are staying in doors to protect ourselves from getting sick. We lather on sanitizer, take extra precautions in our routines, and even wear masks in public. There are more ways to protect ourselves and others than externally. Take time to protect others in love. Give them hope and show them what trust it.
To truly love someone you must 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭 them. Always seek to 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭 them, but still allow them to flourish on their own, and 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 them when they 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞! Spread 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 wherever you go. 𝐄𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 if you don’t feel like it! 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞 the right thing. Choose to 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 your love. Bask in their light because you have 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 them.
Bask In Love
You will never find love by giving up on it. No matter if you have been hurt in the past, love endures. You are not your past, even if if has gotten you to where you are. There is always room for change. Set up the boundaries that you must, but learn to show love and share love.
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