It is March already, but I broke my resolution way back in January. I only made one but it was a lot simpler making it than trying to keep it. I resolved to treat whomever I meet or talk to as the most important person in the world.
What a hard thing to do! I know I truly care about the people around me but so many things draw my attention away from them. Why can’t I give him or her my undivided interest for a few minutes every time and make a difference in their day?
Luke 10:27, states “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
That sums up the way we ought to live, a supreme commandment, that seems to encompass so why is it so difficult?
Everyone wants to be liked and loved. What could make a child, a neighbor, friend, coworker, or just someone you meet in the course of a day feel more loved than your total attention? Look her/him in the eye, flash a friendly smile, and really listen. See what a difference that makes in your life. It does in my life, that is, when I actually remember to do it.
Each day, I make the resolution again. “Just for today, let me carry it out.” When I succeed, I feel glad. When I mess up, I promise God and myself that I will try again tomorrow.
Try it yourself for a day. Even practicing this for a day, will make your part of the world a little happier. You can always decide to extend it for another day.
Let me know how you feel about this. I am paying attention and ready to listen intently.