(This was auto-posted, as I'm relaxing on the beach right now with my husband while my parents are watching both boys back at home!)
I recently read a book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It is basically a call to Christians who are living an apathetic Christian life to realize that we are called to have a crazy, relentless, all-powerful love for God because God is love. One of the things that convicted me was in chapter five. Chan states that as Christians, we are supposed to represent to the world what Christ's love looks like. A popular passage about love in the Bible is I Corinthians 13:4-8. Here it is:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
The convicting part is when Chan suggested this exercise: Take the phrase Love is patient and substitute your name for the word love. (For me, "Angela is patient...") Do it for every phrase in the passage.
And even if you're not a Christian or aren't sure where you stand, I'd say these qualities are just good living anyway.