It's a simple verse:
"Let your gentleness be evident to all" - Phil 4:5
But it can transform your life if you let it.
This is the verse that I have been meditating on as I go for walks around our community these days. We are getting ready to leave New Mexico. So, as I walk, I reflect on my time here in small town Portales and what this community has instilled in me.
I grew up in Chicago in an unstable home. So, being kind and friendly was not really my strong suite. I tend to be sarcastic and assume the worst intentions in people. Yet, I have softened so much in the 3.5 years that I have lived here.
It is hard to stay grumpy and negative when you are constantly greeted with a smile and genuine interest with each new person you meet. People here are so encouraging and eager to help.
I hope I don't lose the gentleness this town has cultivated in me once I leave here. I hope that part of this town stays with me forever.
It is no coincidence, then, that this is the verse that came to me when I decided to put a new verse in my heart during my walks.
Since I have started chewing on these simple words, I have met many of my neighbors and had the opportunity to be a positive impact in their days. In this stressful negative world, I hope it is as refreshing for them as it is for me to see the smiles a simple conversation can bring.
What would your day look like if you based it on the theme of this verse? How would your children grow from your example? Try it out and tell me in the comments below!