Saturday, August 13, 2016

Take time to share

To share is a blessing and we should be grateful for the opportunity. Whether with family or friends, when you gather together do it in love and in the Holy Spirit that you may all be blessed in coming together.

Be warm and open. Be willing to listen as well as speak. Genuinely care how others are doing and in the events of their lives. To break bread together is a sign of unity and peace, to lay aside past hurts, and a renewal of relationships.

To see the children join together in the spirit of play, new and old acquaintances alike in joyful pleasure shows us how the world can be if we truly accept others openly, without judgement.

God says we must come to Him as children and this is what S/He means. It is only as we get older that we hold on to our grudges, feelings of past offenses, and our need to be right.

With children, they can have a spat one minute and be playing together again the next. They don't hold on to a feeling of victimhood or who's right or wrong but put it aside in the spirit of whatever game they are playing.

They all have their likes and dislikes but it does not stop them from joining in the fun, from embracing a new friend, from playing hide and seek, or old lady witch. This is the openness and acceptance, as well as forgiveness, that we need to practice in our own lives.

Be as children. See the good in others instead of dwelling on your differences. Take turns instead of needing the spotlight. Join together to accomplish what we cannot do alone. Welcome someone new into your life without making judgements at first sight.

Learn to laugh and experience and show joy, just for the fun of it. Don't be so serious. Take time to play and invite others into your circle. Put aside your differences. Life is short, make the most of it. Pretend you're a child and the world is your friend, and it will be.