Well, if you read my blog a couple weeks ago you would have seen that I failed miserably last year with my choice of the word, 'patience', so I have thought some and think I have a solution.
Once a week I will share a word that I wish to incorporate into my world and take more seriously.
The word 'tender' first showed up for me this week in Oswald Chambers writings (click here) that I follow on-line.
"The main characteristic which is the proof
of the indwelling Spirit
is an amazing tenderness in personal dealing,
and a blazing truthfulness
with regard to God's Word."
-O. Chambers, "Disciples Indeed"
After reading that, the word 'tender' kept coming back over and over through the next day or so...I even listened to Michael Buble and his rendition of "Try A Little Tenderness"...
When I was tempted to be snarky or cruel that word kept coming back. The word was making an impression on my heart.
"You don't blast a heart open," she said.
"You coax and nurture it open,
like the sun does to a rose."
-Melodie Beattie "The Lessons of Love"
"Live in the wisdom of accepted tenderness.
Tenderness awakens within
the security of knowing we are thoroughly and
sincerely liked by someone..."
Go try a little tenderness . . .