I’ve made a few U-Turns in my life, and I imagine I’ll make a few more—and not just at a stoplight. But I’m concerned with a different kind these days. I call them You Turns. I notice as I grow older that I’m more concerned with ‘you’ than I am with myself. What a refreshing observation that is. I’m sure if my mother were still alive (It’s the anniversary of her birthday today!) she’d like knowing that. I remember a time in high school when she said with conviction, “The whole world doesn’t revolve around you, Karen. You just might want to focus on others for a change.”
Now why didn’t I think of that? Probably because I was 15 at the time and really did believe the whole world revolved around me.
Today it’s fun to see how many You Turns I can make.
- Chatting with the grocery bagger, a young man who is mentally challenged but who has a smile to die for.
- Complimenting the receptionist at the doctor’s office on her efficiency and welcoming words.
- Waving a driver to go ahead of me into traffic.
- Visiting a neighbor in the hospital as he recovers from bypass surgery.
I feel good when I make You Turns. And I can tell that others like it when I do. One You Turn can lead to another and another until suddenly it becomes a habit to move from self-centered to selfless. I think I’ll stay the course. I like this new direction. My life is becoming brighter and I see the love of Jesus brightening the lives of those around me.
“We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).