Proverbs 11:17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. NIV
My neighbor and I have the best relationship. We can see each other often or rarely, but our friendship stays solid. I can go sit on her sofa and cry or fuss or cuss, or laugh and be silly, and she still loves me ...or tolerates me. She is kind.
Last night, we were chatting about my photography business. I made some photos for a very prominent family in our community. They asked me not to watermark the pictures because they are associated with other photographers in their line of work. At first I thought, “seriously?”. But, then, after talking through it with my friend, getting a little snarky and judgmental, I had a conviction myself. What would it hurt to protect another person’s feelings? I got paid. I made beautiful pictures. Sure, I’d love to tell the world that I made those images because, wouldn’t you know it? They were some of the prettiest I’ve made in a long time!
I think we, as women, are very territorial like that. Whether we are hairdressers, in sales, design, wedding planners, teachers, or whatever, we don’t like to ever hear that someone else provided a service to “our people”. It hurts our feelings and attacks us right in the insecurities. But, since they were not my regular clients, didn’t I just do the same thing?
Hey God, guess who. Just me again thanking you for another life lesson learned a hard way. Thank you for putting a new family in my life who showed me the value of protecting feelings of others. I have come a long way in this attitude makeover You decided that I needed, and I’m finding out that I’m nowhere near the end. Thank You for showing me how important it is to be kind.