"Recognize the good in others, not their stains.
At times a stain needs appropriate attention to be cleansed,but always build on his or her virtues."
~Richard G. Scott~, "For Peace at Home"
I am learning that it can be a hard road, to find the good in others, especially when they are working so hard to hide it. It can be hard to recognize them as a child of our loving Heavenly Father. It can even be hard to recognize myself that way. I continue to struggle with it. Especially when all my buttons are not only pushed, but stomped on with abundant joy.
I can't control what others say to me, or to my children. I can't control their own choices in their behavior. I can't control what they do or don't do. But I can control myself and the way that I react. I can control what I choose. I can control what I say. I don't always do that, but I can.
Today, I am grateful that the Lord has cleansed my stains. I am grateful for His abundant mercies and love. I am grateful that He cares for me in spite of myself. Today, I want to be just a little more like Him and a little less like the person that I am. Today, I want to choose how I act and not just react to a bad moment. Today I want to become who He needs me to be.
In this world of strife and pain, today I want to spread just a little more joy. I want to share with you how very much you are loved. We all make mistakes. We all make bad choices. We all sin. But there is nothing we have done that He doesn't already know about. There are no secrets in your life. He is just waiting for you to bring all your burdens to Him and to release them into His keeping. He will help us through the hard times. We just have to have a little bit of faith in His Sacrifice and a little trust in His timing.
Life is good. Life is amazing. Life is full of blessings and abundance if we will only take the time to see them.
In this joyous season, today, may you be blessed with His peace and love. May you find it within your hearts to overlook the stains of others, and also of yourself. His forgiveness is not for the perfect, but for the imperfect that surround Him. He will help us become who we are seeking to be if we will just walk with Him.