Making a Difference
I recently watched the movie, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks. It tells the true story of how a reporter who was known for interviewing people and then writing unflattering articles about them had the assignment to interview Mr. Roberts. This reporter was suspicious that Mr. Roger’s persona was a fake. As the reporter had the opportunity to spend time with Mr. Roberts, the reporter’s entire life was transformed for the better. Mr. Roberts modeled how to show love to others. When Fred Rogers spoke with you, he would tell you that you are the only person that exists in the world right now. Rogers would give you his undivided attention. He spent his life taking time out of his busy schedule to truly be with people. Rogers saw great worth in everyone and knew each person needed to be told they were valuable and important. The Rev. Fred Rogers spent his life mastering how to treat people in a loving, caring way. He had a long prayer list and prayed for people by name each day.
When you watch this movie, it convicts you to be a better person and treat everyone you meet with love and genuine respect. Imagine what the world would be like if we truly did this? Instead of tearing people down or totally dismissing people as fellow brothers or sisters, what if we treated everyone we encounter as we were in the presence of royalty.
We are told over and over again to love one another in the Bible, not just our family and friends, but all people, even our enemies.
May we all spend more time finding the positive in others instead of faults. May we all spend time giving out sincere compliments rather than cutting remarks. May we all show others we have the love of Christ in our hearts and not hatred.
You are a creation of God. You are unique. You are special. You are loved. You are valued.
Go make this world a better place. Brighten someone’s day by doing a loving act of kindness.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
In Christ’s love, Pastor Scott Prouty