The Gift of Thoughtfulness

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets

Matthew 7:12

I saw a video clip yesterday of a wedding where the groom used the same song in his own wedding that his parents had walked down the aisle to in their wedding decades earlier. It was a very thoughtful tribute by this son to his parents and the camera was fixed on his mom to capture her reaction when the music began to play. No sooner had the song begun did she recognize it and her tears began to flow, as did mine. As I sat there watching the video clip my heart was encouraged by the love and thoughtfulness the groom showed his parents and how his act of kindness would never be forgotten.

Have you considered that thoughtfulness might just be the most powerful way any of us can bless and honor others? It’s no wonder then that Jesus summed up the way we should treat people in a single verse found in Matthew 7:12 that says, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” How different our world would be if each of us awoke each day and made it our aim to treat everyone we come in contact with the way we would like to be treated ourselves.

Being thoughtful is easier than you might think. In a world that forgets its always thoughtful when we remember the important dates in the lives of other people. How about the lost art of holding a door open for the person behind you when entering a building. almost daily we could be thoughtful by allowing the car next to you in on the freeway instead of riding the bumper of the car in front of you. Allow the person with just a few items go in front of you at the grocery store on your next visit. You could always pay it forward and buy a cup of coffee for the next person in line at your favorite coffee shop. If you live in Bakersfield might I recommend Bakersfield Roasting Company. Here is possibly the most thoughtful idea, be the first to forgive. Do something for others expecting nothing in return is another way to be thoughtful as people are always wondering what the catch is and its refreshing to know its simply because you care. Try calling a friend to let them know you are thinking of them, or send a hand written note in the mail. Wish people happy birthday or happy anniversary on their special days. Listen to others when they speak. Look for ways to serve and encourage everyone you cross paths today remembering they are your divine appointment.


Michael Osthimer





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