Recently, I was disappointed when I asked someone to do something that would have made me extremely happy, but they bluntly said, “No! That won’t happen.” I thanked them for their honesty, and we dropped the subject.

A couple of days later, I received a text asking me to forgive the uncaring way they answered me. Because they had changed their mind and the answer was now, “Yes.”

When I suggested a different idea, we were both delighted and agreed it could work for us.

Philippians 2:3 says, “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord of one mind.”

Sometimes, as a widow, I only think about myself and how pleased I would be if another person sees my way of thinking about what I want to be done, and they agree to do it.

But the Lord wants me to consider the time that others have available to share with me. I must realize they also have family, friends, wants, and needs.

Dear widowed friend, do you also suffer from selfishness? I think Satan likes to use it on women who live alone because we don’t have anyone to share our thoughts with so it’s easy to become self-centered.

On the other hand, sometimes it is difficult to say no to someone when they want company, but I can’t always adjust my schedule to fit theirs.

Jesus was never too busy to help those who were suffering. He filled his life with love and kindness.

Dear Lord, help me to be a vessel You can use. May I see others with Your eyes of compassion.