I recently read that the litmus test of our love for God is our love for others. We all have other people in our lives. We have relationships that are very dear to us and we also have relationships that are simply acquaintances. I like to describe our relationships in the following manner…My office is about a block from the interstate. The interstate has vehicles going north and south all hours of the day. Those vehicles are driven by people. For the most part, people I don’t know. Next, I live on a road that is travelled by people every day. I might recognize someone, give them a wave, but I really don’t know them. Then, there are those people who actually stop at my house, but never get out of their car… the person who delivers my mail and the person who deliver my paper. Seldom, I will have a person get out of their vehicle to deliver a package, place it on our front porch, and then leave. I will also have guests at times who will come in our front door, sit in our living room and fellowship with our family and we may even share a meal together.
When I consider the number of people travelling on the interstate compared to the number of people who actually walk into my house, the number is very different. However, every person is important. Every person has a purpose and we are commanded to love them. While we may not be able to impact those people on the interstate, those who travel the streets of our neighborhood, we should take every opportunity to positively impact every person that we can.
We are told in Matthew 7:12 to “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you”. You may be wondering how I can do such a thing. Here are a few suggestions: Take time to speak to others, always wear a smile (remember that it takes seventy two muscles to frown, only fourteen to smile), call others by their name, be friendly and helpful, be genuinely interested in others, be considerate with the feeling of others and always be ready to invest in them, to serve them.
You may be surprised to find that part of your happiness may come from making others feel special.
So, go out of your way, take a detour today to make someone feel special.