As long as I'm happy, what difference does it make to you?
If you really loved me, you'd want me to be happy.
Don't worry. Be happy.
You do you.
If we existed in a vacuum, cut off from everything and everyone, whatever makes us happy in the moment wouldn't matter. Why? Because the consequence of choices, much like a pebble thrown into a pond, wouldn't ripple through someone else's life.
We don't live in a vacuum. Created for community, our fellow humans yearn for connection, relationship—love. And that four letter word binds us together whether we like it or not.
Therefore, the consideration of others in decision making, no matter how great or small, is an expression of love—or lack thereof.
So, to be still, to pray, to think, to be intentional in our God-given choices is essential in the practice of love.
My personal experiences tell a tale of selfish behavior when I was determined to fill the God-sized hole in my heart with something else—a filler. Other times, carelessness has overruled consideration. Either way, I've hurt others through my choices, and I've been hurt by others by their choices.
So, here's a challenge for all of us:
Before you ingest something into your body, consider those you hug and those who hug you back.
Before you say those words, consider what can't be unsaid.
Before you view that image, consider the impossibility of unseeing it.
Before you post on social media, consider the permanent scar created by the stroke of the keys.
Before you walk away, consider who you are leaving behind.
Before you allow pride to rule the day, consider who your subjects are.
Before you unplug, consider who you are unplugging from.
Before you pretend to live in a vacuum, look into the faces of those you care about most.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.