Yesterday’s challenge was to encourage someone. I decided to send an email to a store where we had great customer service last night. We didn’t buy anything, but the employee was just as helpful and friendly to us as she was to the people who were buying things. I thought she definitely deserved some encouragement! How about you guys? Did anyone send a note, text, email, etc?
Today’s chapter is called Looking for the Best
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Focus verse: She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. (Proverbs 31:13, The Message).
Sarah started the chapter with an Internet urban legend that she read called “The Rose,” which she felt illustrated the principle of looking for the best in a relationship. She also shared this story to show that looking for the best in people is a lost art. It’s so true. Many people have become so cynical that if someone does something nice for them, then they think there has to be some kind of “catch” or strings attached. Even our media makes it seem like only bad things are happening. No wonder we have a hard time looking for the best in people!
The next portion of the chapter talked about the knitting aspect of the verse. As Sarah said, an amazing person will draw out the best in others, then knit and sew the best of people together to create a beautiful garment. We all know people who look for the best in others and can always manage to bring out the best in people too. It’s such a difficult skill, but it is so worth it when you have a breakthrough with someone who has been tough to communicate with or who you’ve had trouble finding good in.
Today’s challenge: Look for the best in every situation and person you encounter. For example, if someone is running late, don’t complain about her, just look for the best.