Taken from Ms. Sophia Mahalia Lyttle’s book, Purpose Within Every Promise.
Conflict is an indication that there is room for growth. Yet, we often find ourselves fighting each other to prove a point rather than talking honestly. The fear of rejection sometimes runs so deep that every word is placed under a microscope. As a result, our hearts become seared sometimes from harsh words rather than truth in love. One that does not seek to hurt as much as to be understood.
How can we be kinder to strangers or people with whom we work? If we respect them, we are mindful of our behaviors and words towards them. Yet the people we care deeply about aren’t mindful of our shared actions with them. Yes, we should show our strengths, weaknesses, and flaws. However, we want to know we are loved respected and our shared lives matter to each other. Even though there will not be perfection, we can still create meaningful memories, replacing the off days and practices incurred during the process.
So, when you look at me, and I look at you, and we do not see His image, (God’s) always leave the door of mercy open with truth because after judgment is over, mercy and truth are the paths that will lead us to peace. Sophia Mahalia Lyttle