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Maybe make a decision to be kind more often than right?

What are you building today? 

 

More and more often lately, I find that I just don’t want to participate in many of the conversations going on around me.

Sometimes it’s because a group of people just want to gripe.  Yes, your kid lost the race.  Someone will.  And your mad because that particular water feature in the pool wasn’t working correctly.  It probably has something to do with the storm we just had and the repairmen.  Yep, those guys right there.

But more often than not its just because there is nothing I can add.  When someone posts something on Facebook, I’ll click “like” or “frown” but it seem ridiculous to me to be one of 45 people saying “me, too!”

Other times its just because things are too overwhelming.  A friend just lost her husband and son.  In one weekend they went from being a family of four to a family of two.  I’m all the way across the country so it isn’t like I can take her food.  Besides, the fridge is full and so is the freezer.  And someone is with her pretty much constantly.  I’m very grateful for those friends who are near at hand.

Yet, I’ve signed up to be one of the herd of friends afar who make sure that she always has a positive message to greet her online.  This is going to be tough because really there is no upside to what happened.  And fool that I am, I volunteered for tomorrow.  I’m not good at idle chatter.  That should be pretty obvious.  After all, I call it idle chatter.

Fortunately, there is a message that I can send her.  God is there for you.  So are we, your friends.  Even when we don’t have something amazing to say.  We are here.  You are not alone.

–SueBE

 

Judgement is easy. Take the time to love.

Choose what? Choose joy! 

One of the things that I love about the internet is that it allows me to interact with people all over the world.  I’ve reconnected with a high school class mate who now lives in New Zealand.  I have friends in Alaska and Malaysia.  The world is so vast and varied.  God does great work!

–SueBE

One of the trickiest paths to walk as a Christian is that of the social justice movement.  At least it seems that way to me. Christ called on us to address the needs of the prisoner, the orphan and the widow.  Unfortunately injustice is often wrapped up in racism and intolerance.  It may not be comfortable, but don’t assume that those demanding justice are “rewriting” history.  Take a deep breath.  Take a look at events.  Read up on both sides.  And pray.

–SueBE

Celebrate Lent. Look for Christ’s light in those around you.

A little reminder for all of us going through tough times.  This week we are cleaning out my father’s house.  And I’m writing a book.  And the kids are on Spring Break.  When it rains, it pours.  –SueBE

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