I received this tweet from getupwithgod.com yesterday and it brought a smile to my face. I retweeted it but thought it’d be nice to reproduce it here so others can be blessed too.
Here is a verbatim transcript of the vast majority of my conversations at work these days . . .
Me (speeding down the hall, usually late for something): “Hi, how are you?”
Co-worker (sighing and looking deeply depressed): ”Terrible. You?”
Me: “Great! Have a great day!”
Seems like every week I crank the speed up another notch or two and my interactions with people become more and more superficial. Thankfully, I have the world’s greatest mother-in-law. She has an uncanny knack for reaching out to me and whacking me over the head with godly wisdom exactly when I need it. Here’s a conversation she and I have quite frequently . . .
Her: How do you spell love?
Me: Is that a trick question?
Her: T-i-m-e. Slow down and spend it wisely.
That usually stops me dead in my tracks, at least for a few seconds. When I think about how little time I spend with the people around me in a truly meaningful way, it makes my heart hurt.
Here’s a challenge for all of us this week. People are struggling all around us. Slow down and take the t-i-m-e to truly connect with the people God has put in your life. Listen to them, comfort them, love them.
TAKE TIME TO LOVE.