It’s been a while..
We welcomed our amazing son, Camden Rodger, on June 3rd and have been soaking up the joys (and trials) of new parenthood ever since. It’s funny how something can put everything in to perspective for you (we’ll get to that). This post is different for me. It’s much more transparent and vulnerable. It’s honest, it’s real, and it’s 100% where I’ve been lately. Enjoy!
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot not only about the person I am, but the person I want to be. The person I want Camden to grow up knowing.
I want to be strong.
I want to be loving.
I want to be trustworthy.
But most of all, I want to be kind.
Kind to everyone around me. Jesus commands us to love one another in brotherly love. He doesn’t say to just love your friends or your family. He doesn’t say to only love those who agree with you, or even those who show you kindness. He says one another. Everyone. All. I want to show love and compassion for everyone I come in contact with. Those who desperately need it, and those who don’t even notice it.
A couple of weeks ago I was at Threshermen’s in my home town. There are trollies that run throughout the show, and I love watching the horses pull them full of people around the grounds. The horses wear blinders on their eyes to keep outside distractions from spooking them. They literally block their peripheral vision and only allow them to see their path straight ahead, and I couldn’t help but think of how we can walk around with blinders. We choose to ignore those hurting or struggling right around us. We walk right past the person who needs kindness the most. We choose not to see them.
It’s so easy to fall into the rhythm of every day life and walk around with blinders on, just focused on what’s ahead of you. I’m guilty of that. I fall in to my routine and I “get busy”. I’m too focused on my own schedule.
We are called to be the light of Jesus. We are called to show God’s love here on earth. What better way for people to see Jesus in you than by your actions? I’m challenging myself to take off my blinders and really see those around me. And hopefully in return, Camden will grow up knowing his mama made it her mission to show kindness.