When I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible, I was 16 and too naive to ponder on what it actually meant. That was the age of rebelling, boyfriends, daring friends and not listening to any advice showered by any grown-up who had it “all” figured out. Today, I am married to an amazing man of God, have a stepson and getting closer to 35! To me, this verse reminds me to focus on God’s Love such that I can be a reason for a blessing to those around me. When I am cleaning the dishes, I focus on the blessing of an abundance of food that God provided and left everyone contended and purring in the living room. I don’t allow “the chore” to get me to complain about pleasures of simple things. (Ok washing dishes is not that pleasant but I have to mention that I get mild satisfaction from cleaning glassware).
What I want to draw home is the fact that some tough situations are meant to test our patience reservoir – but we can conquer anything with the love of Christ. But sometimes, it’s not about conquering but surrendering, surprisingly the same love also applies to situations where we are tired, and exhausted and still have like a thousand of things to do.
As this year ends, I want to encourage you to focus on loving yourself, giving the same grace to yourself that you often give to others around you, and try to do everything with love and kindness.