The Words I Would Say...

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Do you ever feel empty? Like your "cup" is dry and you've got nothing to give?

That's how I felt this past week. empty + BLAH!

If you really want to know, there were a couple of days that I didn't want to get out of bed! BUT...that wasn't my reality. I had places to go, people to see, phone calls to make, laundry to fold, family to care for, and the list was LONG...

...just like yours, right?

While I was doing life on empty, driving home from my son's hockey game (I LOVE watching my boys play hockey!) I listened to a song that FILLED MY CUP! The words brought encouragement to me + a smile to may face and my heart.

The song, The words I would say, by Sidewalk Prophets, lit me UP, gave me hope, and energized me. It was like getting a hand written letter in the mail from a good friend. I thought, maybe, just maybe you could be encouraged by the message too, wherever you are today, these are the words I would say:

Three in the morning and I'm still awake
so I picked up a pen and a page.
And I started writing just what I'd say
if we were face to face

I'd tell you just what you mean to me
Tell you these simple truths

Be strong in the Lord and
never give up hope.
You're gonna do great things
I already know
God's got his hand on you so
don't live life in fear
forgive and forget
but don't forget why you're here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say

Last time we spoke you said you were hurting
and I felt your pain in my heart
I want to tell you that I keep on praying
Love will find you where you are

I know 'cause I've already been there
So please hear these simple truths

Be strong in the Lord and
never give up hope.
You're gonna do great things
I already know
God's got his hand on you so
don't live life in fear
forgive and forget
but don't forget why you're here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say

From one simple life to another
I will say
Come find peace in the Father

Be strong in the Lord and
never give up hope.
You're gonna do great things
I already know
God's got his hand on you so
don't live life in fear
forgive and forget
but don't forget why you're here
Take your time and pray
Thank God for each day
His love will find a way
These are the words I would say.


Are you a "right fighter"?

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Let's talk quick about relationships. Sound good?

Are you a "right fighter" in your relationships? OR...maybe not in ALL your relationships, just a certain few, or perhaps a certain one?

CONFESSION »» I used to be. (still am at times, I'm a work in progress)

I'm typically not one to back down, especially when I "think" I'm right. I like to prove my point, get others to see my perspective and acknowledge that they have! In some strange way, that felt like "winning" -- BUT, at a very high price.

What I've learned is, being a "right fighter" doesn't build bridges in relationships, it builds walls.

When we look to be the one to say, "I told you so, I knew I was right!" OR our mindset is fixed on "It's my way or the highway" we lose opportunities to accept and love others.

Now, I do understand there are fundamental truths that are RIGHT and worth fighting for. Globally, in our communities, and behind closed doors. Yes. there. are.

But, in our everyday relationships and interactions, when conflict arises -- is it more important to be RIGHT? OR, to find resolution and a common ground?

My desire to be a "right fighter" started to slip away in 2009 after I read this prayer by St. Francis of Assisi:

"Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

WOW! What a way to live, don't you think? Seeking to console, understand, love? With this approach I don't see fighting, I see peace.

I see "win-win"! «« THIS is what I'm striving for!

What do you think? Hit reply and let me know »» What's the biggest challenge or problem you're facing personally, professionally, or in your faith?