Consider whether you will make love a priority this day. Are you zealous to defend the truth because you like to win arguments, or are you motivated primarily by love for lost or hurt people?
It is more important to be right when you argue with someone else, or do you seek to treat them with love, no matter what is going on? If love is not a priority for you, then humble yourself and strive to make expressing love part of your nature. Your long-term happiness, as well as the happiness of others, depends on it.
It’s hard to be humble. It goes against the grain of the societal status quo. The daily onslaught of messages and images teaches us to be selfish. Vanity and selfish ambition are promoted and celebrated. However, if you really want true long-term happiness, not short-term happy “gain” at someone else’s expense, you must learn to live by valuing others above yourself. In America, we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in our DNA, but even though we are called to be free, we are not to use our freedom to indulge in our self-interests. Rather, we are to serve one another humbly in love as good stewards of the talents we have been given.
If you are intrigued by this assertion, then here’s a simple call to action for you. Whenever you’re tempted to judge someone else, in thought, word, or deed, catch yourself and celebrate them instead. Celebrate something positive, such as their progress in how far they’ve come. To be able to celebrate people instead of judging them for their mistakes, failures, or imperfections, you have to be present and patient with them. And the key to patience is love. They have to have a special place in your heart, so make space for them there.
“In your heart” is the real key to happiness. When you celebrate people by focusing on their progress, you’re making love a priority and acting with proper motivation and heart.