Our relationships are the most important thing in our lives, but many times
we forget how much our loved ones mean to us and we end up taking them for
granted. We may treat them harshly, not consider their feelings or simply
not be there for them when they need us. What we must realize is that
those we love the most also deserve our attention the most. We cannot
ignore their needs and just be around when it's convenient for us, but
rather we have to be there when they need us. Whether it is our parent,
spouse or our children, we need to be there to nurture those relationships
and make known our love. I know of many people who neglect those closest
to them and in the end they pay a price for doing so. They don't realize
the damage they are doing by not paying attention to those closest to them
until it is too late. What they would have quickly found is that doing
simple things like giving and receiving in conversation, being courteous
with one another and simply making an effort can do so much to show our
loved ones that we care.
What we must remember is that anything neglected will eventually die.
Whether it is something as simple as a plant or something as complicated
as the human body, if it is not taken care of, it will perish. It is the
same thing with our relationships. Just like a plant, our relationships
also need to be fed, watered, pruned, given enough sunlight and shown a
little tender loving care. When it is, it will flourish and last a
lifetime. Let us realize this truth and see that our family and friends
need us as much as we need them. Be encouraged to reevaluate how you are
spending your time and if changes need to be made, make them quickly.
Spend time with those who mean the most to you. Realize that they need
you as much as you need them. When you do, great things will begin to
take place in both of your lives.
I hope these simple anecdotes will encourage and inspire your heart to
treat those closest to you with love, care and respect and show them how
much they mean to you.
HOW TO GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE
1. Keep skid chains on your tongue; always say less than you think.
Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How you say it counts more than what
2. Make promises sparingly, and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs.
3. Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging word to or
about somebody. Praise good work, regardless of who did it. If criticism
is needed, criticize helpfully, never spitefully.
4. Be interested in others, their pursuits, their work, their homes and
families. Make merry with those who rejoice; with those who weep, mourn.
Let everyone you meet, however humble, feel that you regard him as a
person of importance.
5. Be cheerful. Don't burden or depress those around you by dwelling on
your minor aches and pains and small disappointments. Remember, everyone
is carrying some kind of a load.
6. Keep an open mind. Discuss but don't argue. It is a mark of a superior
mind to be able to disagree without being disagreeable.
7. Let your virtues speak for themselves. Refuse to talk of another's
vices. Discourage gossip. It is a waste of valuable time and can be
8. Be careful of another's feelings. Wit and humor at the other person's
expense are rarely worth it and may hurt when least expected.
9. Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Remember, the person
who carried the message may not be the most accurate reporter in the
world. Simply live so that nobody will believe them. Disordered nerves and
bad digestion are a common cause of backbiting.
10. Don't be too anxious about the credit due you. Do your best, and be
patient. Forget about yourself, and let others “remember.” Success is much
sweeter that way.
By Ann Landers
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:17-21 “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest
in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live
peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather
give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay,
saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst,
give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is
set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it
under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
1 Peter 3:8-12 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil
for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that
ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that
will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good;
let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the
righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers...”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WISE WORDS
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD'S ALIVE AND WELL
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry