I grew up in the north east part of the country. Many people who live up there look at you as if you have two heads when you say hello to them on the street. I really didn’t know that there were places where strangers spoke to each other and it was not only accepted, but expected.
My first trip to the south was a real eye opener. Strangers would speak to me with smiles on their faces. Now I am not saying that everyone in the south displays this kindness. There are no absolutes here, but the overall attitude is one of friendliness and kindness. Which I hate to say is not necessarily how it is where I come from.
I began to speak to strangers when I returned home and was surprised how good I felt doing so. And after speaking to people I didn’t know that I would see often at the grocery store or other places I frequented, I wore them down and they began to smile and say hello to me too.
So this weeks challenge is something I have already been working on. I do try to always put myself in someone else’s situation and be more accepting of their reactions. I have always been a little intolerant with some of my responses to things beyond my control. I am working very hard to not respond unkindly to the messengers. I think I am making progress.
Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience