“People will not necessarily remember your words or deeds as much as they will remember how you made them feel.”
I don’t know who to credit with this bit of wisdom but I know it’s true. When I stop to think of those who have touched my life in significant ways I am keenly aware of how they made me feel. I don’t always remember their words or what they did but I remember how I felt. How they took time to make me feel as if I was a priority in their day.
God also knows the impact we have on each other as we interact. He knows our ability to show kindness or to take the extra moment to show gentleness. He also knows our ability to ignore, overlook or disregard the feelings of others. That’s why He reminds us to consider how we make others feel. Listen…
“Be kind and loving to one another with brotherly affection and take delight in honouring each other.” Romans 12:10
“Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.” Ephesians 4:32
Be aware today of how people are left feeling after an encounter with you. Did your family feel like a priority or like a nuisance? Remember, you are representing Jesus to the world around you. Let them feel His care through you.
Prayer and Reflection
Thank you that You understand my personality and how I think and feel. Today I ask that You would make me aware of my interactions with the people around me. Help me to be aware of how I speak and behave. Give me a gentle and loving spirit that shows people they are cared about. Thank you that I have the privilege of representing You today.
Slow me down as I hurry through my day and may those I encounter feel appreciated and cared for. Give me grace today by the power of Your Holy Spirit and may I, in turn, give grace away.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.