A Reversal of Roles

What is it like to deal with you?  What does it feel and sound like to be on the other side of you?

Are you a kind person or angry with your words?  Are you agreeable or hardheaded to work with? Do you overflow with loving-kindness or withdrawn and hard to know?  Do you ask questions of others and listen intently or only speak of yourself?

The encouragement throughout the Bible is to be a pleasant person that others want to be around.  You pray, encourage, speak kindly, carry burdens, love, not self-centered or easily angered, serve, humble, and are patient.  That is quite a list, and it is only a partial one. 

I know it can be overwhelming to change to be more like Christ, but we are called to be ever-improving.  So what if you asked a few people who would be honest with you, “What is it like to be on the other side of me?”  What do you like about my interactions, and what do you not like that I do?  Then arrive at one action item to focus your attention.    

If you applied yourself, this could be the season that you change one thing about yourself for the better.  Suddenly everyone will start saying, “I love being around them because they are so …”   Well, only you can finish that sentence.  But will you? 

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