Henri Nouwen ~
"Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come."
I read this one day and it struck a chord with me. My life is fairly insignificant. I'm not famous. I'm not important. I'm basically a nobody in the world's eyes. But I can make a difference to my circle of influence.
These are questions that I ask myself on a regular basis, even if it means that it's only my family of which I'm asking.
Did I offer peace to my friends and family today?
Did I bring a smile to my husband or children?
Did I speak words of healing to my church family?
Did I live a life of peace and contentment or am I full of anger and resentment?
Did I forgive those who hurt me?
Did I love unconditionally or did I expect something in return?
And the ultimate questions, Am I showing Christ to those I meet? Am I bearing fruit?
I'd love to say that the answer all of the time is "yes." More often, than not, I fail. I stumble and fall or just willfully refuse to do this. But when I think of all that the Lord has done for me, how can I not want to become more like Him in my relationships?
I'm a work in progress, as are you. My desire is to keep moving forward and bear fruit that lasts. I want to reflect His image to those around me. That will only happen as I continually stay in tune to the Holy Spirit's voice in my life, and as I continue to reflect on these questions.