I'm a pretty visual learner. Sometimes things are told to me, and I just forget them. When I see something, though, it usually sticks. There are times when I'm scrolling through social media and something screams to me, "PAY ATTENTION TO ME! I'M IMPORTANT!" That's what happened with the graphic below. Read it and then think about it for just a little bit. Then read my feelings about this quote...
Loyalty is a tricky thing to accomplish sometimes. Sometimes someone we are loyal towards has disappointed us. OUCH. That really hurts, doesn't it? But I think that loyalty overcomes that disappointment. I want to break down loyalty that should occur in our daily lives. Hopefully I say something that makes you think! :)
Firstly, we should be loyal to God. This means keeping all covenants that we have made with Him. It also means trusting His wisdom as we go through life. This is difficult at times due to the fact that life is HARD. Now, don't tell me you're life is all lollipops and rainbows. I will not believe you. Life is HARD. Life is MESSY. Life throws MAJOR curve-balls at us. But, if we are working on becoming our best selves and keeping the commandments, we should be loyal to God and His plan for us.
Next, we should be loyal to ourselves. This can be the hardest thing to do, especially for us women. The truth of the matter, though, is that you cannot truly love someone and be loyal to them unless you love yourself and are loyal to yourself first. You have to know that, as you are keeping commandments and trying your best, you will be guided in your life. Nobody should make you question your motives if you know they are done for good. Nobody can make you feel worthless without your permission. DO NOT GIVE IT TO THEM.
Third of all, let's talk about loyalty to our spouse. It is very tempting at times to complain about what your significant other does. I believe that if you share a concern with your spouse, it strengthens the relationship. Sometimes your spouse is not willing to work on the issue. Give them time. Continually lift them up and speak kindly about them to others. If the issue at hand is vitally important, seek guidance from one confidential source. Do not spread your heartbreak and disappointment around. This can lead to so many more problems. When you were married, you made promises. Be the person who keeps them, even when it is hard.
In addition to our spouse, we should be loyal to our entire family. You carry a name that has been passed down for generations. What do other people think about that name? Do your actions make them want to be a part of your family? Does your behavior set a good example for others? Do you speak kindly about and to your children? Your parents? Your siblings? Your other family members? If not, consider making a change. Families are meant to help and lift each other. If you don't have this in your family, YOU be the change you want to see! As you become more loyal to your family name, others in your family will follow suit.
Our friends are also people who deserve our loyalty. A true friendship is a rare find. It's like tripping over a giant diamond when you were out for your daily walking of the dog. If you want to build friendships that are based in loyalty, they have to begin with positive ground. You cannot have a genuine friendship over a mutual dislike of something or someone. When you show your negative side first, that is what will stick in the mind of the person with whom you are acquainting yourself. They will remember this the first time they do something remotely annoying and flee in fear that your judgment will turn on them. Don't be that person. Be the person who is kind and loving, who sees the good in all. Be loyal to those you call friend. Do not allow others to speak unkindly about them. Stand up for them and be true.
Finally, I want to talk about something that you may not have thought of. If you work, it is necessary to be loyal to your employer. This doesn't mean you have to agree with everything they do, but it does mean keeping your commitments. Being on time, only taking time off when it is necessary, having a good attitude, and being a good follower are ways to be loyal to your employer. When you hear someone complaining about the boss, either walk away or say something positive! Don't get dragged down by the office gossip that happens all too frequently. Be loyal to the person you work for. It always pays off!
I know that we could spend time talking about each and every relationship that we have and the role that loyalty plays, but we won't take that time today. I know that I'll be spending more time pondering this topic and I hope you will, too! Leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts--I love to learn and grow from you all! Until next time, please remember that:
YOU ARE LOVED.
YOU ARE WORTH IT.
YOU CAN BE LOYAL IN ALL YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.