Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one).
My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing? It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping and if you want, link up!
Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone!!! Ever caught yourself outside someone's house or outside the church, saying to your tired, fighting, grumpy children "Stop it, we're about to go inside. Smile and act like we're a happy family and like we actually all LOVE each other!!!!!!"
Ever had a fight with your husband on the way to church? Ever been annoyed by your children on the way to church?
Ever said some harsh last words in the parking lot with a huge frown on your face, slammed the car door and then walked into the church or into your friend's house with a big happy forced grin as if you hadn't just yelled at your husband or children?
Ever been angry or grumpy and then the minute the phone rings you answer with a sweet, syrupy voice?
Yeah, me neither.
Isn't it amazing how quickly and easily we can throw on a grin and muster up a patient attitude and a sweet voice when we have to?
Isn't it equally amazing how quickly and easily we can shed that sweet attitude and pleasant smile for a negative attitude and an unhappy frown?
Generally we might never be purposely rude to our friends. But we might be rude to our family.
We would never hang up on someone if we were annoyed with them. But we might hang up on our family.
We would never raise our voice and yell at someone. But we might yell at our family.
We would never slam the door because we were mad at our friend. But we might do that to our family.
We would never ignore our friend and refuse to talk to her. But we might ignore our family.
If I am being nicer to you than I am to my own family, it's not because I love you so much.
It's because I am being selfish and thinking about myself, not about you. But you are benefiting from my selfishness. It's because I don't want you to think negatively of me. It's because I really care what you think and I don't want to lose your friendship. It's because I love my family to pieces but figure they are stuck with me so unfortunately, I am not always as gracious with them as I'd like to be.
It's also because I know that my family really loves me. And because of that, I don't pretend around them. I don't do "fake" around them. They see the real me whether that me is happy and thrilled and in a good mood, or angry and grumpy and in a bad mood.
But then it hits me. Since when is showing love and kindness "fake?" Since when is being patient and kind and loving to someone not real just because you're tired or grumpy or really not feeling it?
I am confusing an action with an emotion. I am confusing showing the actions of kindness and love with feeling the emotions of kindness and love.
We don't have to feel the emotion to commit to the action. We are called to love one another, it is love in action. Jesus never said "I want you to feel like you love each other." No, we are just called to do it.
When you do the action, you will find that the emotions will come.You don't have to sit around and wait until you feel like being kind or loving or forgiving. You don't have to wait until you feel like being patient to exercise your patience muscles. You don't have to wait until you feel love for someone before you respond in love.
That is why I can have control over my emotions. That is why I can choose to respond in a loving manner when all I really want to do is rip your head off. This is why I can show grace.
You can act in love because we have a God who has unlimited love. You can extend grace because we have a God who has unlimited grace. You can forgive because we have a God who has unlimited forgiveness.
Show love in action today. Don't wait around for your feelings to catch up. Just show love in action whether you feel it or not and make your home sing!
What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post so that others can join the fun!
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