“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~ John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Hard to believe, I know, but none of us are perfect and all of us are different. Some of us are naturally jovial, sociable, and fun-loving; others are practical, serious-minded, and even cranky. Some make decisions based on emotion; others use every ounce of common sense and logic they possess. Some are selfless; others are self-centered. Some can be needy, anxious, and troubled; while others are independent, calm, and at peace.
Most of us are all of the above and more at one time or another. Yes, even Christians.
So how do we relate to the different personalities we encounter? The most honest answer I can give is, “It’s different every time.”
Although we can’t heal those with physical ailments, we can comfort and care for them. We can’t make people happy, but we can give them a smile and share a laugh. We can’t remove their grief, but we can listen as they share their memories. We can’t force peace on others, but we can exhibit it. We can’t stop the fear, but we can pray them through it. We can’t fix emotional problems or repair broken relationships, but we can encourage them through the Word. We can’t stop life’s craziness, but we can offer hope.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia, Author (1924-1998)
In encouraging each other, let’s be creative and use our God-given gifts. If you’re an artist, draw or paint someone a picture. If writing is your thing, compose a note of encouragement. Are you a comedian? Make them laugh! Do you crochet or quilt? They will cherish whatever handmade item you make them. If you love to cook, make them a meal filled with love. If service is your love language, run errands, help them clean their house or mow their lawn. If you’re a good listener (and that is a gift, I assure you), sit and listen as they talk.
We all need the Lord, and we need each other. With His help, let’s lend a hand as we walk the narrow path of His calling together.