Jesus taught: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45)
I don't know that I have any real enemies. At least I hope not! I have, however, been used. I've experienced meanness from others. And I've used and been mean to others, as much as I hate to admit it. Those kinds of experiences lead me to "like" some people less than others, even if only out of self-preservation.
Recently, an unfortunate turn of events impacted someone whom I have avoided and toward whom I have felt less-than-friendly. I decided to pray for him. I prayed that he would be blessed during this difficult time and that he would be able to overcome his circumstances soon.
Turns out it's a lot easier (and therefor more likely to happen) to make a bunch of healthy dinners at once than it is to cook for one person every night.
The cost of the food ended up to be about $3/meal. That's a lot less than I'm used to spending on dinner. It took me about 3 hours (9 minutes per meal), but I had some "learning experiences" that would drastically cut down on that time if I did this again. For example, now I know about how much rice to make (I had to do multiple batches to get this right.) I really hope I do this again.
I heard this phrase for the first time today. Actually, I read it in an article called 20 Brutal Truths All 20-Somethings Need to Hear. Whatever you love doing, whatever you want to do most in life, do it every single day. The people who do only what they enjoy when they feel like it aren't the ones who end up being thought leaders. They aren't the ones who achieve true success. To actually become someone influential, and build yourself to be one of the greats, in anything, you have to devote yourself to a daily practice. Volume wins.
Seems like good enough advice to live by. My twenties have already slipped by, but I feel the idea of "volume wins" can be applied at any age. It's never too late to start.
What I do every day that I like PrayRead the newsEat a healthy breakfastWhat I do every day that I don't like Watch YouTubeStay up too lateCheck my phone first thing in the morningWhat I'd like to do every day ExerciseRead a bookWrite publiclyStud…