Our pastor made a comment last night at church. He said, "Our circumstances should not affect how we treat other people." Ouch. Now I'm pretty good about being nice to those outside our home, but sometimes I'm not nice to those I love the most. Is it because I feel comfortable with them and know they love me and will most likely forgive me? Is it because they are the ones I spend the most time with (especially important since I home school)? Is it because I can't control my emotions? Probably some of all the above. Whatever the reason, I am wrong when I treat them less than I would like to be treated.
He also mentioned seeing the potential in people. That is so important. We all like to be praised. If we look hard enough we can find something to praise most people about. The dictionary defines praise as "to express a favorable judgment of" and flatter as "to praise excessively especially from motives of self-interest." There's a huge difference.
Wow, he's given me a lot to think about today.