Say What You Mean
By: Ethel Chadwick
Shalom friends! Taking a break from writing about romance, today I just want to encourage you in your friendships and the way you meet new people.
How many times have you said “We’ll have to get together for lunch!” – but it never happens and you didn’t really mean it. Please be careful to say only what you really mean.
When my husband and I moved to Rochester, NY from NYC in 1993, well-meaning congregants said things like that to us, but very few actually invited us. In fact, it took one family three years to finally invite us to their house!
We all love to meet new people and make them feel welcomed. Just be very careful with your words. Don’t give someone the impression that they are your new best friend and you’re going to have coffee with them every Tuesday --- unless you actually want to do that!
Please continue to be kind, loving, compassionate and friendly to people, and as you feel led, invite them to lunch or to your home. The important thing is to be open to what the Spirit is saying to you and to be honest with your intentions.
Keep loving, keep smiling!
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