Compassionate Love: Displaying Compassion for Those Who Struggle with Mental Illness (c)2017 Nancy Virden, Always The Fight Ministries
The sun shines three out of thirty times on Thanksgiving Day in Cleveland, Ohio. At least it rains at some point during those other twenty-seven holidays, so the sun must stay fairly hidden behind gray clouds.
We treasure sunny days here because they are rare. On average, we see about 65 bright days per year. When Jesus asked his disciples, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed?”* he may have heard Northeastern Ohioans shouting from the future – No! We relish light.
Have you noticed that when two people first meet, everything in the relationship seems like sunshine and ponies? That is because we generally show our most acceptable side in the beginning. A forgiving atmosphere seems prevalent as well. It is as if both parties are willing to give a stranger the benefit of the doubt.
Sure, we see and enjoy the best of each other’s personalities. Here’s the rub. Every person has two faces. It is okay, we can be grateful for that.
Some examples at your Thanksgiving table
Your excitable sister-in-law will bring lively chatter and enthusiastic responses to anyone’s good news. That same excitable personality may express excessive worry when you mention a small problem.
Your aunt is a dream when it comes to planning and executing family gatherings. You appreciate her attention to detail. Perhaps her inflexibility when your uncle suggests a spontaneous trip, will bug you.
A strong, silent cousin is everyone’s hero. There is no doubt who will be there to save the day in a crisis. As the day goes on, you may be annoyed at his lack of communication.
Everyone has two faces. They are not actually opposite, but extensions of the same core personality. So you see, if people at your Thanksgiving table are driving you batty, you can be grateful for their strengths.
Have fun with Gratitude!
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