Ran across this quote in a book the other day that’s called “The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership.” When I read this I was extremely convicted because I could recognize how self-centered I can be at times when it comes to how I treat others and also how I can use the first lines as excuses not to treat someone in the way God called us to and the ways that may impact their lives and others forever. We can make excuses because of someone else’s shortcomings or if we’re focused too much on self but at the end of the day God’s Word is clear on how we are to treat others.
“We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” – 1 John 4:19-21
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:34
So I am challenging you and myself today to live an “ANYWAYS” lifestyle. No matter what someone does to you, how they act, or how rough the circumstances are, love ANYWAYS!!! Let’s put aside all the outside stuff that we can’t control that we use as excuses daily and focus in on what we can control and that’s love, doing good, and encouraging others anyways!!!! You never know how those little acts of doing what’s right anyways can impact someone’s life and the lives around them!!!
“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”