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This world owes me nothing.  I am not entitled to anything.  I don’t deserve anything.  God gives me His grace and mercy every single day!  Regardless of whether I deserve it or not. In todays world of instant gratification and self-entitlement, I am not going to lie, I get a bit frustrated.  Even with my kids. If I don’t respond to a text right away I often get the MOM text within seconds.  When I say no, I sometimes get an UGH or an eye roll, I now return that same response, which infuriates a certain teenage daughter!  If they want an answer to something, they google it.  If they want to know how to do something, they YouTube it. We have the world at our fingertips, at all times. This leads us to be shallow, impatient and hard. We can always upgrade. If it breaks, we don’t need to repair it, just go out and buy a new one. Some people find their self worth in numbers of followers, likes, and comments on social media. Some hide behind the protection to their screens to bully others and tear them down. There is hate spread and conflicts are created via social media posts. It breaks my heart, and therefore, I can only imagine what it does to God’s heart! To see his people tear each other apart must be devastating.

We need to change our mind set. We need to focus on our own hearts. We need to center ourselves with God’s purpose. We need to be diligent in spreading kindness. We live in a fallen world. We are all sinners. We all fall short of the glory of God. We are also not here to judge others.  That is not our job!  God reserves final judgment for himself. We are called to love one another. Our opinions are not wrong if they are different from someone else’s. God gave us all free will and we make our own minds up. We need to work on respecting one another. We may disagree, but that does not mean we should lash out in hate. Matt and I disagree often! That doesn’t make us hateful towards each other, it means we each have our own ideas on something. It means we discuss it. Talk about why we have those thoughts, feelings, and opinions. It does not make either of us right or wrong. Just different. We were all made in His image and in His likeness.  We are all unique! Let’s celebrate our differences. Let’s rejoice in the fact that we can live in a country where we have freedom to express our differences. Let’s respect those that fight for us to maintain said freedoms!  Imagine our world with more love and respect in it. We ALL have something to offer.  Make your offering matter.

Romans 3:23 “all have sin and fall short of the glory of God”

Today I challenge you to spread kindness. Share a smile. Help someone. Donate to someone in need. Give of your time. Say thank you. Be considerate.

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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