Wellness tip of the day
You reap what you sow
Last night there were terrible storms. I heard the thunder and saw the lightening. The clouds were eerie and swimming in the sky. Suddenly the siren went off and into the basement we went. Carelessly, the family took their computers, books and blankets down to wait for the all clear. We weren’t worried because the tornado wasn’t around our house. But, it was around someone else’s house. We should have been praying. We should have been thinking about our friends in that area but we weren’t. I was selfishly watching the radar on the news webpage. Adventure hubby was reading a book. Adventure daughter number one was doing homework on her computer and Adventure daughter two put a movie on the TV. I wonder if the other people were scared. I wonder if there was any damage done. At the time, I didn’t seem to care but now, I look back and think about how self-absorbed this family was in time of distress.
Isn’t life like that? We sit back in our nice homes and bury our heads in the basements of our lives. As long as the storm isn’t outside my door life is okay. Well, it really isn’t okay for a lot of people. How many people around us every day have a storm brewing inside but look fine on the outside? How many times have you gone to church or work or play group and pretended to be fine all the while you were dying inside? How often did you want to say, “I’m not okay. I’m really hurting here.” But instead you answered the rhetorical “how are you doing” with “I’m good, how are you?”
What can we do? What can an individual person do if someone isn’t willing to open up and when they do we wish they hadn’t? Well, I’m thinking about the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. It doesn’t take long to show someone that you love them with an act of kindness. It may seem difficult but patience can be a blessing to the cashier behind the counter who is facing a long line because she is new to the job. A gentle touch or a good deed are always appreciated. I don’t think that we have to know the gossipy-details in a person’s life to show them that the storm will soon pass and that someone does care.
If you are not facing a storm then maybe it’s your turn to act kindly or give generously. If you are facing a storm then don’t be afraid to talk to a trusted friend, pastor, family member, counselor, or God. We all have issues. No one gets through this life without hurts and hang-ups. Pay kindness forward because you reap what you sow. Someday you will need that pat on the back, hug, understanding or simple smile.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 (NASB)