Spending lots of time around the house in close quarters with others can be challenging. If we are not mindful we can overstep our bounds with the ones we know so well and love so much. It’s easy to say a cross word, roll our eyes, flare up, be inconsiderate in some small way, or in general get annoyed at our family members and house mates.
During times of community difficulty when many people outside of our households are being affected, it’s easy to ask, “What’s my part; what can I do?” because we want to help and we want our lives to be about more than just us.
One very important way we can help is to treat those closest to us with great love and respect. This is a profound truth and takes character. Say please and thank you. Offer to help by doing a chore for another individual, to lighten their load. Let a wrong go. Allow an annoying comment to go practically unnoticed, without a negative reaction. Laugh at a joke you’ve heard nine times instead of bringing up that fact. Release the need to say “I told you so” in any of its unkind forms.
Remember that others have their struggles, just as you do. Be a buffer and a helper, which always leads to better relationships.
I think about the scripture in Galatians 6: 2-4 where Paul so emphatically communicates to us this:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.” NIV
The Simple truth is that we are accountable to God only for OUR actions and reactions. We don’t get to blame our questionable, unkind, or flat-out bad behavior on someone else. The beautiful part is that He calls us to love one another, and with that charge He also gives us full-blown grace. It’s completely and totally doable because He fills us up and leads us by His Spirit if we allow His sweet Spirit to flow through us.
So to the questions, “What’s my part?” and “What can I do,” the answer is brilliant and simple: love one another!
What Is MY Part?