“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.
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 honoring each other” (Romans 12:10, The Living Bible).
“Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Chris.” (Ephesians 4:32, The Living Bible).
Be aware today of how people are left feeling after an encounter with you. Remember, you are representing Jesus to the world around you. Let them feel His care through you.
Prayer & Reflection
Father God, 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 that I care about them. Thank you that I have the privilege of representing You today. Slow me down as I hurry through my day. 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.
Questions: Why don’t take some time and think back to people that have made you feel good about yourself? What is it that you remember about them? Is there someone in your life that you could show an act of kindness? Please comment.
About the Author Gail Rodgers