There are seasons in life where I realize in retrospect that I probably haven’t been that approachable. Maybe I was grumpy or irritable because of things I was personally going through.
I hate it when I look back on pictures or video and see a face that looks so serious! I love it when I am seen with a smile and a twinkle in my eyes. For I love life and I love people.
I want to be seen, known, and remembered as someone who was warm and loving. Someone who enjoyed a good laugh and liked to have fun….yet someone who had a gentle and authentic heart.
As I get older, I think about the elderly more and how they are viewed. Even when you are shopping in a grocery store, it’s so obvious to tell if an older person has a warm, sweet soul or if they are crotchety and grumpy! It shows up in how they walk, how they talk, and all over their face.
Life can be grueling. It can be so tough and painful at times. Yet there is still so much to enjoy about it. So much good out there. I don’t ever want to turn into a grumpy person!
So sometimes it’s really good to step outside of my own shoes and see how others might view me. Am I approachable? Am I loveable? Do others view me as warm and inviting? Or do they have to walk on eggshells around me because they don’t want to “set me off?” Do I gripe easily? Do I get angry or take offense easily and make no bones about letting others know?
Do I radiate a bubbly personality or a grumpy one? These are things to think about. For I represent my Lord.