Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

friends

The last year has  been an eye-opening experience.  Just when you think you know people……….. they will surprise you.  This can be a wonderful thing!  Unfortunately sometimes it can be painful.

Treat people like you want to be treated…………………ah the Golden Rule. (Luke 6:31) Notice it doesn’t say treat people the way they treat you.

Some people, no matter how nice you treat them,  will still not treat you nice in return.   This is just how it is.

The Golden Rule does not guarantee that others will treat you the same way.   What it does do is build character and reveal the type of person you are.   God sees this  and He will bless it.

If everyone would follow the Golden Rule, this world would be a much different place.  Instead the mantra seems to be “looking out for number 1” –  people are impatient and think the world revolves around them.  No way would they want to be treated the way they treat others.    Yet we do not answer for their actions but for our own.

Sometimes people will push our buttons.  Sometimes they will even do this on purpose.  I have a friend you who will make this statement “It is so hard not to be ugly.”   She recognizes that what she is thinking and/or about to say is not kind.   Yet it is hard to not treat people how they are treating you.

I make the choice every day to focus on those who are encouraging and have our back.    It has been a very difficult time for me personally.   I am grateful for those who have made the path a bit easier.    I am thankful  for the  Dory’s in my life who come along side me and remind me to “keep swimming, just keep swimming….”

Hard times make you aware of the difference between one-sided vs. two-way friendships.

For all of you who have poured into our lives this past year, have hung in there and have kept us in your prayers– thank you!   We are blessed to have such a wonderful group of people to call our friends!!!!!!

As the old song says “keep smiling, keep shining  knowing you can always count on me, for sure — that’s what friends are for.    For good times,  for bad times – I’ll be on your side forever more.  That’s what friends are for….. ”

til next time

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April 9, 2011 - Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, relationships | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Hi Gloria.
    I just read your post on friends. I enjoyed it and loved your statement: “The Golden Rule does not guarantee that others will treat you the same way. What it does do is build character and reveal the type of person you are. God sees this and He will bless it.”
    So true. My character has been revealed many times by this, and I have failed more often then succeeded. Another area for me to grow in.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Roe.

    Comment by Rochelle Lara | April 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thanks for stopping by Roe. It is in my failures that I really see where there is room for growth. Good thing God is there to pick us up, wrap us in His arms of love and then help us to grow.

    Comment by Gloria | April 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. “Return not evil for evil, but overcome evil with good” This would also go well with your post.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | April 11, 2011 | Reply

    • yes that is a good verse and a good thing to live by.

      Comment by Gloria | April 11, 2011 | Reply


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