So, besides it being National Play with Dad day, it’s also National Parfait Day. Fun fact: Did you know the word parfait is a French word that means “perfect”? A parfait is a dessert with layers–you may have had one made of Jello and whipped cream. When I think of parfaits though, I think of Shrek. If you haven’t seen it, the Shrek compares himself to an onion about having layers to his personality, and Donkey keeps talking about parfaits and how everyone loves parfait–and parfaits have layers.
We all have layers–and usually it takes time to get to know someone so well that you appreciate everything about them. Like Shrek and Donkey, being a friend means taking time to listen, to accept them for who they are–flaws and all, and it means to be there for them.
Make sure and accept people for how God made them–we are made for a purpose, and we are made exactly how God wants us. That may mean you have issues with getting angry, or being selfish, or not always looking for the bright side of things. And that’s okay. Love how you are made, and love how God made other people.
Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself. 11 As you serve the Lord, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be excited about serving him! …15 When others are happy, you should be happy with them. And when others are sad, you should be sad too… Don’t think of yourself as smarter than everyone else…Try to do what everyone thinks is right. 18 Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone.
Romans 12:10-11, 15, 16b, 17b-18 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Thank you for making me who I am. Help me to love myself and not compare myself to others. Help me to accept others around me and to love them exactly how you created them. Amen.