January 10th - Loving people you don’t even like.
If grass can grow through cement, love can find you anywhere.
Loving people you like is easy. Loving people who are easy to love is a cinch. But loving your enemies? That’s a challenge. We all have different individuals in our lives, some perpetually difficult and others that surround us just for a season, that take a special kind of effort for us to show generosity, kindness, thoughtfulness and of course, love.
This kind of love says, I love you in spite of, in spite of the things about you that I may not like. We don’t have to feel guilty about not liking everyone. It’s okay! But we are commanded to love others.
Probably no man ever had a friend that he did not dislike a little.
When you act with patience toward someone, you are loving them. When you feel like saying something sarcastic or cutting or angry, but instead you say something kind, that is an action of love. It’s the same with plain courtesy. How often we forget good manners, like not interrupting others when they’re talking, or letting others go ahead of us. Those are all actions of love.
The good news is that when we start loving unlikeable people, they no longer have the ability to get to you like they used to. We should never let others determine the way we act or what we do. We need to choose what we want to do and the way we want to be, or someone else will make the choice for us.
Things won’t change unless we love even the unlovable, and practice a different kind of love.
Love him who deserves it the least because that is when he needs it the most.
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.