Love Dare Day Nine: Love Makes a Good Impression

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Today we will greet each family member in a cheerful way that says, “I am happy to see you.”

“Greet one another with a kiss of love” (1Peter 5:14).

This dare was fun and easy. After all, how hard is it to say, “Hi,” when a family member walks in the door? The littles had a ball with this, shouting hi to everyone when they came home. It did make us realize though, how often we forget to greet each other or say something negative the minute we get in the door. My husband is forever scolding the kids for starting sentences with, “Mom, I need……,” before they even say hello to me. I’m pretty sure my parents didn’t name me Mom, I need!

My pediatrician told me a great story once about a patient who really drove her crazy. The little boy was just annoying and she dreaded his visits (yes, doctors are people too). One day she decided to greet him as if he was her most favorite person on the planet. He responded by cooperating with her, smiling and being the little boy she wished he had always been. He soon became one of her favorite patients!

Lord, help me to greet everyone with a smile so they can see how valuable they are to me. Remind me that I will get back the attitude I put out.

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  • Doris Rodriguez

    TODAY’S DARE: Think of a specific way you’d like to greet your spouse today. Greet him/her with a smile and with enthusiasm then determine to change your greeting to reflect your love for them.

    FROM DORIS: I do pretty well in this area most of the time because I genuinely AM glad to see Ricky or hear from him, especially when things are going great between us. If I’m upset with him for one reason or another, however, my greeting can be a little less than loving and I usually make sure he knows it.

    My first response to today’s dare was to take note of how we actually greet one another on a normal day-to-day basis and then adjust it accordingly throughout the day. This was actually hard to do because my “greeting” was so pre-colored by today’s dare that I couldn’t be as discerning as I had hoped for. But still, I am sure my husband was appreciative of my more “uplifting” greetings throughout the day. (smile)