Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
At the time of this writing, we are experiencing warm temperatures and sunny weather as we make our way through the year from Spring into Summer. It is such a breath of fresh air to have these warmer months in our midst, which always inspires me to peruse my book stack for light Summer-time reading.
In doing so, I came across a favorite book written by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. that I refer to on occasion. It’s called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff.” In flipping it open, I found a snippet suggesting “every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them.” (Carlson, p. 117-118). Taking the time to share with others what we appreciate about them can make a huge difference in the relationships we have with one another. Often we take for granted that others know how we feel, or, we just get too busy living life that we forget to acknowledge special people in our lives.
God created us to be in community with one another, to love others, and to share our lives together. Loving kindness freely given to those whom we love and know doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Caring for others is a part of stewardship. Many times in the Bible Jesus cares for others by healing, praying with and for them, caring for them, feeding them, and spending time with them. So this Summer, this growing season, I invite you to grow, too, and share with others what you appreciate about them.