“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults — unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back — given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:38 MSGToday I will Live Generously - I wear my t-shirt as a reminder.
I will be generous in my actions and reactions, assuming the best of all I encounter.
Instead of seeing cranky children, I will see children in need of attention, time, food, or rest and act accordingly.
Should someone cut me off while speaking or driving, I will assume that their need to express themselves or get where they're going is more urgent than mine.
When I inevitably find dishes, laundry, or countless other items strewn about the house, I will resist grumbling and choose to take care of them with joy, thankful to have people in my life after whom to clean up.
Although bickering may be inevitable among siblings, I will not criticize or condemn, instead encouraging productive conversation or offering a kind and helpful resolution.
Answers to myriad questions will patiently leave my lips and the yeses will vastly outnumber the nos.
My work will wait as I read books, play games, listen to stories, and watch performances.
I will give generously of my time, my joy, my love, my encouragement, my talents, and my faith.
Forty Days: In Thought, Word, and Deed