Today at church we talked about kindness.
I was voice interpreting and did pretty good. (I’ve only done it a five or six times so it was stop and start.)
The critic inside me was screaming, though, that I didn’t do a good job. I tried not to listen but it was hard.
Maybe I can’t do this…
But I persevered because my mentor is teaching me to not give up, to give myself grace.
We talk a lot about extending grace and kindness to others. And we definitely should!
My problem is that I’m great at giving it to others and terrible at giving it to myself.
The voice I was hearing was me–expecting to not mess up, which is impossible because I’m a beginner.
Talk about unrealistic expectations. Geez…
If we want to be gracious, merciful, and kind to others we must first understand that grace, mercy, and kindness is for us too.
As Christians, God tells us to show others the love He gave to us.
We can’t show love–or any of God’s characteristics–to others if we haven’t received it ourselves.
Let’s remember this week to be kind.
Start with yourself and go from there.