Last night I had a very bizarre dream. I dreamed that there were a bunch of small children in my yard, making a lot of noise. It was irritating me (I like peace & quiet) & I went to chase them off. As I was getting my coat, I heard them in the backyard as well & was becoming more irritated. Who were they & why were they on my property? I went outside & they were gone, so I came back inside. I looked at a shelf & found they’d left me things I need, like soap, cleaning supplies, food & even my favorite perfume from my teen years. I knew they weren’t actually children, but angels when I saw this.
Upon waking up from this bizarre dream, I had no idea what it meant, but it reminded me of a Scripture…Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (KJV)
I wonder how many people really believe this Scripture? The actions of most people don’t really show that they believe it.
I’m not saying that we have to cater to everyone we meet, ignoring our own needs. Not by any stretch. I’m saying just be civil & kind to one another. Be an example of God’s love- patient, kind, caring, all while exercising healthy boundaries. Believe it or not, sometimes saying “no” is actually the most loving thing you can do for another person. If it wasn’t loving behavior, God wouldn’t tell us no sometimes, would He?
I just wanted to take a moment today to make you think about how you treat people, even the strangers you pass on the street or the cashiers at the grocery store. Simply smiling at a stranger can make their day. So many people are rude & unpleasant to strangers, so why not be different? Be nice instead. Be polite. Ask how someone is & wait for an answer that you genuinely care to hear. Don’t give the impression you’re only asking to be polite- let the other person know you really care how they are. Little gestures like this truly make a person’s day. They say, “I care about you” & there is a great shortage of caring people in the world. Be one of those who do care!
Since many of you reading this are also adult children of narcissists, I can’t help but think you may be hoping I don’t mean include your narcissistic parents in this niceness thing. Well, sort of I do. What I said about exercising good boundaries? That is extremely important when you deal with narcissists, & truly, boundaries are very loving. They mean you won’t enable certain behaviors from others. Narcissists don’t think boundaries are good or loving, but they really are in God’s eyes, & that is what really counts! 😉