Recently, Elaine and Don came for a visit. We enjoyed a good dinner together at our home.
After dinner the conversation turned to a heavy topic that Elaine brought up. Despite her ‘yes, buts’ in my speaking with her, I conveyed my deep concern regarding her outlook. After sharing my comments, Don and Connie verbally confirmed my concerns with her as well.
Sometimes sharing hard topics is very challenging, yet with a right heart motive we show love to others in doing so. If the purpose of the discussion is to truly help the person, comments are caring and “other-centered.” Regardless if one receives it or not, dialog motivated by love keeps one’s heart clear.
I had not anticipated having that conversation with Elaine that evening. It just came up. We must be “prayed up” in the event of such unexpected occasions. May God give us His grace as we courageously speak “love-motivated” truth to others.