Mar 8, 2011

Serving your best interest

  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4

One thing that will never go out of style?  Caring about other people.  How much does it mean to you when a friend sends you a "good luck!" note?  Or tells you how awesome you are?  Or commends you just for being yourself?  I get snail mail every so often from my 8th grade cheerleading coach.  She isn't a coach to me anymore, she's a dear friend.  I don't see her often, but I get letters ever few weeks that let me know she's thinking of me.

My boss will leave samples of different products on my desk chair, or will give me the extra InStyle Magazine we get in the mail because he knows I like them.  It makes me feel good to know he cares about me.

How often do you think about other people?  Probably a lot.  But how many times do you act on it?  Do you reach out and let them know that they're on your mind?

I encourage you to make that extra effort.  Write that note, buy that coffee, make that phone call... let your friends know you care.  I know it can be easy to let that stuff go by the wayside, especially when you're close with someone and see them every day.  But just letting someone know they're on your mind could make a world of difference in their life.

Even those people that might not be on your good side.  If you're human, arguments and hurt feelings can occur.  I know I'm not perfect, but I also believe that (for myself and others) we're all inherently good and try to treat people the best we can.  Sometimes though it happens that we offend others, and we get offended ourselves. 

Joyce Meyers always talks about putting others first and stop living a life where you're easily offended.  Chances are you shouldn't be offended in the first place: the person didn't mean any harm and doesn't even know you're hurting.  This is something I have to work on every day, but I'm finding my life is a lot happier when I'm seeing the best in others, even when times are tough. 

Lately I haven't been myself.  I'm not depressed or anything, I just feel off balance.  I'm not sure why.  I want to take the time to let my friends and family know that while I might have been preoccupied the past couple of weeks, I've been thinking of you all.  I know this isn't the most personal way, but I'm sorry if I've forgetten to call you back or haven't reached out in awhile. 

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