Some people want you to believe that they are totally okay; that they have it all together.
Being broken isn’t a bad thing. God says He can use you when you’re broken.
EVERYBODY is broken in some way. God is the ONLY One who can repair the brokenness.
It would take a long time to understand why people react to stuff in life the way they do since each of us is broken in a different way.
Think about it. If we were whole, with nothing at all ever wrong in our lives, we could always 100% of the time react in a healthy way. But we’re just not always okay. And so stress (even good stress) can affect our responses (even when we don’t really want it to.)
If you take time to look around you’ll see some of what it may look like in everyday life and a way you can help because you CAN help (whether you realize it or not.)
You can have a plan already in mind to be kind ~ ANYWAY. Watch for moments because they’re sure to show themselves.
When your boss is moody – show a little more kindness and enthusiasm at work.
When your teacher is upset – turn in your assignment early if possible.
If mom is feeling overwhelmed – do a job or 2 that she didn’t even ask you to do.
If dad seems angry – take a few minutes to remind him how much you appreciate him.
When a student comes to school late or is disrupting class – use gentle, encouraging words (and remember she may not have heard any recently.)
If the checkout guy is slower than you’d like remember it may his first job (just like once upon a time it was your first job) – be more understanding and speak softer.
When your wife meets you with an icy look – be a little more gentle and help melt it.
When your husband grumbles – make him a snack and remind him of a specific thing you admire about him.
If your employee is having an off day – tell him you’re glad he’s there and he’s valuable (which may be perfect words to lift his energy.)
Even though God is the only One who can do the repairs, WE can STILL be people who help (INSTEAD of rolling eyes, stomping off, making a smartalecky comment, or all the other ways that are NOT helpful…)
Just because someone’s outsides look okay doesn’t mean the insides are okay.
If we’d quit trying to hide all the broken pieces, we’d begin to heal a lot quicker. Jesus is The Answer. And everybody needs more kindness and love.