Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"What's It Like to be on the Other Side of Me?"

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.  Romans 12:10-11

I just read a great question, "what's it like to be on the other side of me?"  It points to developing empathy, and a healthy sensitivity about what others see--an attempt at honest self assessment without narcissism.  Thought a lot about that, as I wonder if I am superficially strong and relationally weak.

I care about lots of people, but do I actively love?  Is my concern for others loyal, hospitable, lacking hypocrisy, open minded, respectful, peace keeping, generous--or is it (yes) too often just a general wish for good will to all and to all a good night?

Do I have time to love others, really love them--listen to the whole story, do something helpful, engage without noticing faults or frustrations? 

What's it like on the other side of me?

1 comment:

  1. I know what my girls might say to that, at least on some days, when my words have cut them to the quick. Ouch.



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