Be slow to judge and quick to love

It’s not easy to always feel love for our fellow humans. Even minor but annoying incidents can get in the way such as getting cut off in traffic, stuck behind an older couple taking their time, delayed by a disinterested, tattooed cashier who can’t make change, or hassled by a homeless man panhandling. 

Instead of giving in to frustration, try opening your heart.

The person who you cut you off in traffic might be a single mom rushing home after working a full day to spend a few precious minutes with her children. 

The tattooed, disinterested cashier may be a college student struggling with exams and worried about getting student loans for next semester. 

The older, meandering couple may be savoring this moment together knowing that there will not be many more of them.

The panhandling homeless man may be a slave to addictions we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Instead of getting steamed over every-day annoyances, offer love. “For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:37).


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