When craziness happens or when the people we love the most hurt our feelings, how can we model ourselves after the saints in our lives? Jan passed away at 60 from a heart attack. I remember her as treating everybody like they were family. All were invited in and accepted without judgment.
She was kind, inclusive and treated every person like he or she was special. She made me feel special and she barely knew me. She was interested in my life, and she was generous with sincere praise. She was not judgmental, and she was patient. If she gossiped or made judgments, I never heard them.
I try to model some of the things I admired about her. Often in situations, I ask myself, “What Would Jan Do?” Is there somebody who models Christ’s love for you?
This message is excerpted from a Women of the ELCA blog by Elizabeth McBride. Read it here.
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