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Joy can be real only if people look upon their lives as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.

– Leo Tolstoy

A few weeks ago, when I was working on setting up this newsletter, I suddenly felt nervous. What if they don't like it? What if the content isn't what they're looking for? What if the design isn't right?

I prayed about it and, soon after, realized that if my goal is to serve my readers and not necessarily to please them, it will work out. God reminded me that I simply need to be faithful in using my talents and gifts, with the right motives, and He'll take care of the outcomes.

Why am I telling you this? Because I also want you to know that it took a lot of pressure off. And that's something you can experience with your projects and responsibilities. Whether it's homeschooling your kids, writing a big report for work, or coordinating a virtual event for your church, pause and take a step back for a moment. What's driving you? The need to please everyone, or the desire to bless them? 

You can't always do both, but you always get to choose which one matters most.

The 1964 film My Fair Lady has long been one of my favourites. The line that always stands out for me is near the end of the film when Eliza Doolittle says to Mrs. Higgins: “The difference between a flower girl and a lady is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.”

Eliza is reflecting on how Colonel Pickering always treated her with respect, compared to the abrasive Professor Higgins. In a way, she became whatever each of them saw her as.

When someone treats me with respect, I automatically want to become worthy of that respect and a change happens inside me. And yet, I have been guilty of treating people according to the type of person I perceive them to be.

What would happen if you and I treated every person we met as someone precious, someone worthy of love and respect? What if we saw the inherent value in people instead of analyzing their circumstances? If we appreciated who they are instead of expecting them to be who we think they should be? 

 
YOUR CHALLENGE
 
This week, try to adjust the way you treat someone you may be tempted to look down on. Even if it doesn’t make them a better person, it will surely make you a better person!
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GULOSITY

(n) excessive appetite; greediness

If I don't curb my gulosity for books and art supplies I will eventually run out of money or space. Or both!

I believe that when an elder dies, a library is burned: vast sums of wisdom and knowledge are lost. Throughout the world libraries are ablaze with scant attention.

Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

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