If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3
So, it comes down to the intent of the heart…pretty simple but it’s not always easy to do.
On a recent 4-hour flight, a 2-year-old sat in front of me and a 1-1/2-year-old in the row behind. The flight was long and for these two youngsters, their energy wasn’t about to be bottled up. After hours of getting my seat-back kicked, repeatedly shutting my window shade, patting me on the head while I was trying to nap and knocking my drink over on me …it was getting old. While the parents tried to make the kids hold still, it just wasn’t going to happen.
They looked tired and stressed out, so I didn’t say anything.
When we landed, the parents and I had some small talk about the kid’s ages and the mother apologizing for her kids. Relief came across her face when I told her it was fine. While I was still slightly annoyed (I mean 4 hours of that will do it to a person), when those words came out of my mouth, I felt better about it…I was no longer annoyed.
It’s amazing how shifting our thoughts away from ourselves can change our outlook.