Not too long ago, I was listening to my thoughts. All I heard was someone who was self-absorbed, complaining, critical. I thought, “This doesn’t sound like a person I would like very much.”
I prayed that God would help me to have a more caring heart, that I would be softer toward others and have more concern for people other than myself.
As soon as I said the prayer, I thought, “What did I just do?”
I’ve always heard it said, “Be careful about praying for patience, or God will give you something you have to be patient about.”
I wondered what I might have just set myself up for. Fortunately, I didn’t tell God I changed my mind.
I don’t know that I can claim to have a sweeter heart yet, but I am reminded often to keep praying for a kinder and more caring self to those around me. It will be interesting to see if other people notice a difference in me in the coming days and weeks. And at risk of being self-absorbed, I wonder what surprises God has in store for me.
1 Peter 3: 8Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Corinthians 2:9: But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’.