I read this morning about how Samuel was working on picking the next king for Israel after Saul & was being introduced to Jesse’s sons, from the oldest to the youngest. When Samuel first met Jesse’s oldest son, Samuel thought he was a shew-in, but God quickly corrected Samuel & told him not to make decisions based on external appearances – God looks at the heart & isn’t influenced by what’s on the outside (tall, handsome, suave, etc). After meeting supposedly all of Jesse’s sons, Samuel didn’t pick any of them. Finally, Jesse mentioned that his last son, the smallest & maybe the least likely or eligible, was out herding sheep. Once they brought in David, Samuel knew he was to be the next king. David was the least likely & seemingly most ineligible – tiny but mighty. In my mind, tiny by mighty, was often a theme in David’s life (Goliath, fighting the Philistines, running from Saul, overcoming Absalom’s treachery & more). Tiny can most certainly be mighty 🙂
This morning, I brought my son with me to visit some homes in a slum area. It was interesting watching him look at the kids, see the homes, smell things that are not so whippy & reflect on the lives of the people we met in contrast to his daily living. He is a real trooper & did a great job being polite & respectful. Nevertheless, I know that he’s really thinking about all of this, digesting it & absorbing the very experiences.
For me, I am continually amazed at the people here – their resilience, optimism, friendliness & endurance.
I interviewed a mom today who is 42, with 8 children ranging from 3months to 19 years old. Needless to say, I was fairly speechless as I sat in her house & listened to her history. She is truly magnificent
The Love Holiday is just around the corner & it is most commonly celebrated in a romantic context. But being the strange bird that I am, I think that limiting love to a romantic context is a catastrophic tragedy 🙂
So here are a few of my thoughts on genuine love:
- genuine love is the most transformational power known to humanity
- genuine love starts with God & requires God to be expressed in human relationships
- genuine love is more about the recipient than the giver
- genuine love is unlimited by time or location
- genuine love works in tandem with forgiveness
Thats the power of love! 😀
I was having coffee w a friend the other day & this lady walked into the coffee shop w some very loud shoes – her shoes were the 1st thing to catch anyone’s attention. Right away my friend commended to this lady on her super cool shoes, encouraging her that she looked cool wearing those shoes. I was really proud of my friend for being so encouraging & made a mental note to myself that I want to be that way, even if something isn’t my personal style or preference.
Here’s my line of thinking: our planet needs some encouragement because it seems to me that we are living in a time when there’s a fair amount of negativity. With this in mind, a great way to counter-act any general negativity is to be encouraging to people & even creatively encouraging. So here are just a few ideas you might consider & please feel free to leave more suggestions so we can all help each other 🙂
- consider telling a co-worker that you think they’re an incredible person, without the intent of trying to get something from them ,)
- wave & smile at your neighbor when you drive by them
- look at the cashier & ask them if they’re having a nice day, with sincere interest
- send a kind email to someone & thank them for who they are as a person (consider telling them what characteristic you like the most about them)
- tell your mate that you think they’re great
- let a friend, neighbor or co-worker know that you appreciate them with a quick text message
- drop a note in the mail (snail mail) to let someone know that they are special to you