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“We learn how to create beauty where none exists, how to be generous beyond our means, how to change a small corner of the world …”
~ Gabrielle Hamilton

In the course of a day, life happens.

Life happens to us and through the things which take place, presenting two choices to us. No matter which we select, we will never be the same. And perhaps, that is the point of all which happens in our days.

We are not supposed to stay the same.

People are challenging. Notice I said, “People.”

You will challenge me and many times, I will challenge you. In 1 Thessalonians 5, we read:

“Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.” (verses 14-15, NLT)

We truly need help in our interactions with others. It is in those moments, the day to day interactions, where we will make our choice …

  • Will be changed to become stronger, compassionate, and honest with one another?
  • Or will we behave ugly – allowing ourselves to become angry, bitter and disappointed?

For days now, I have gone back to read this passage repeatedly. It was pointed out to me that all God asks is for us to “always try.” Did I try to do good? Did I make every effort, attempting to accomplish good? Or did I allow myself to justify my poor response, for surely we can always find justification, even in our being wrong.

The choice is ours and it will determine the manner in which we will be changed.
We will become different in that moment.
And so will those around us.


May we learn to create beauty perhaps where none currently exists. May we allow God to show us how to be generous beyond our means with our compassion, kindness, and joy. May we change our small corner of the world.

Let’s at least try.
For it is by His grace we are changed.


Today I am joining … Thought Provoking Thursday and Grace Moments and Coffee for Your Heart .