How often, I wonder, do we rush through life, so abrasive and short with people because we are "busy", in a "hurry". Is it worth it? I think not. I know that far too often we wound the ones we love by thoughtlessness. Words spewed forth in the midst of frustration are seldom loving, healing words. Instead, they wound and show how little we esteem the ones we love.
"Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle."
I need to be reminded to give someone an extra dose of grace today, to speak an encouraging word instead of being critical. Love is not just telling someone on their birthday or holidays why we appreciate them. Love does that, too, but the reality of love is seen in the daily grind- in patience, kindness, graciousness, forgiveness, thoughtfulness.
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." [John 13: 34-35]