By Bernadette A. Moyer
Imagine if instead of seeing characteristics and traits in people that we don’t like or that we find offensive, instead we make the choice to see their inner child. The child in us all that is looking and longing for love? That person who like all of us just wants to be loved and accepted for who and what they are? Love me.
It sounds so simple, right? Love your neighbor love your enemy, love all people just as you would want to be loved. Just as God loves us!
“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him, you will see yourself. As you treat him, you will treat yourself. As you think of him, you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.” From A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
Often it is with the people and the relationships that challenge us the most where we have the opportunity to learn grace. Grace is where the most powerful outcomes can be realized. Our whole outlook on life can and does shift when we choose to look through the glass that is seeking and searching and declaring, “Love me.” That same glass that shadows our mirror image.
How we view ourselves is often how we view others, if we are critical of ourselves, we are then most critical of all people. When we fully love and accept ourselves, it is then that we are able to fully love and accept all others.
Rest and renew. Lord, give me wisdom to know when I must rest and be renewed. Help me to adjust my schedule when I need to be refueled. Amen. A renewed heart is a heart that is ready, willing and able to offer love in the most challenging relationships, not just the relationships that come easy for us.
“The survivor is the woman who turns lemons in to lemonade, she emerges as a triumphant shining example. She is a woman who truly knows the value of family, friendship and the gift of time, laying aside all judgment and giving unconditional love.” Suzy Toronto
What if that person who drives you crazy, that person from the President on down, instead of seeing ugly behaviors or actions we can’t tolerate, we choose to see another human being that is saying “love me” love me, warts and all, love me, as God created me just as God created you.
What a wonderful world we could all live in, if we operated understanding that we are all seeking the same things, we are all saying the same thing, simply put, love me.
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