What does it look like to take an interest in the lives of those around you? How can we do that while simultaneously witholding judgment?
There’s a lot that goes into this but, simply, I think it starts with what we’ve already considered this week: extending grace to yourself first (forgiving yourself) and then holding that same space for others to be someone different than they once were.
I don’t know about you but, this is tough for me. It’s easy to disengage and become ‘lazy’ in conversation — not really taking an interest in the other, thinking about other things, viewing that person as who they once were, etc.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. — Elanor Roosevelt
Let’s engage others this Christmas. What are they excited about? What’s been life-giving? Why are they choosing what they’re choosing?
This doesn’t need to be some in-depth-interview-style kind of dialogue, just an engaged, curious conversation that goes deeper than the surface. I’m looking forward to more connectivity with my family this week while seeking to see and hear each one of them!