The Good Mood Show with Matt O'Neill | Episode #16 Love Your Neighbor with Chris Singleton
There are a lot of things that can divide us as humans — race, religion, politics. But there are also things that can unite us, bring us together, and make us feel connected to one another.
In this episode, Chris Singleton shares his inspiring story and why it is crucial to nurture resilience and forgiveness. He discusses how to unite people from around the world through love, faith, and kindness. CLICK HERE to enter to win Chris Singleton’s Top-Selling Children’s Books!
Here are some power takeaways from Matt's conversation with Chris:
- Choose to forgive.
- Seek God for strength to overcome struggles.
- Exercise empathy and understanding.
- Let love and kindness manifest in your words and actions.
- Be helpful and humble.
[10:58] Using Your Free Will
Free will is a gift and a curse. People can make terrible choices. When you actively seek strength and guidance from God, you will gain the strength to overcome tough battles and make the right choices. But forcing people to turn to God will only make them resist more.
[15:42] Fighting Against Hatred
Hatred can only be overcome through unconditional love. It is difficult to be mean to somebody if they are genuinely loving and kind to you. Love will always triumph over hate.
[18:35] What Unity Means
Unity is realizing that every single person has a story behind what they do and who they are. Try putting yourself in other people’s shoes. Understanding others does not mean changing your beliefs. It is simply seeing things from their perspectives and respecting them.
[25:06] Choosing to Forgive
You can forgive someone while also wanting justice to be served. Justice might look different for every person but forgiveness is always freeing.
[28:29] The Importance of Empathy and Faith
Learn to listen to understand. Empathy is a crucial factor in understanding and loving others. Be helpful to others as much as possible — and even in the smallest ways. Always be humble and control how you respond to adversities. Faith brings you peace in times of uncertainty.
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About the Guest
Chris Singleton is a nationally recognized speaker with a message about resilience, forgiveness, and unity after the loss of his mother in a tragic shooting. He has shared his message with over 60 organizations, and with thousands of students and educators across the world.
He has written three children’s books and one of them, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, was a bestseller in its category and was featured by numerous outlets. His mission is to inspire people and unite millions of people in the belief that love is stronger than hate.
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