When Life Bites: A New Response

I’m trying something new.

Whenever I feel hurt by something out of my control — when I am struck by pain or sadness — I’m starting to react by trying to find a way to show Jesus’ love to someone.

I’m not going to sit there and mope. Or wallow. Or feel sorry for myself. I’m not going to wonder why my heart hurts. Why I feel so upset. Or so crushed. I’m not going to get caught in the trap of feeling sorry for myself.

I am going to step outside of myself and do something to care for, love, or encourage someone else.

Maybe its a card to let them know they’re appreciated. Or a small gift. A text to let them know I’m praying for them. Maybe it’s doing something to help someone: seeing a need and taking action.

I don’t have much practice with it yet. But it’s a habit I want to cultivate.

Because life is going to suck. We will feel hurt. Or sad. Or lonely. But instead of turning inward and feeling sorry for myself, I want to start turning outward and focusing on others.

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