[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] I [/dropcap]t’s kind of a long standing joke around me that I attract rude people. For some reason, people feel the need to be nasty to me. I’m not sure what the deal is, and it’s bugged me for a long time BECAUSE I never respond well to it. I don’t react on the outside, but I react on the inside. I get huffy and wonder who raised these people and what is their problem anyway?!? My husband gently reminds me that they don’t know better, and I used to respond with “well, they should know better.” Everyone should have manners . . . And he cuts me off and says, “Mic, they don’t know Jesus.” What can I say to that?
Monday night, I tried to avoid the debate and went to a coffee shop to work on my material for my upcoming missions class. Unfortunately, the coffee shop had the debate blaring and was packed full of people giving their opinions. I was like Lord, why surround me with people who are mouthy?? Why can’t Americans just be quiet and keep their opinions to themselves? Those were my thoughts that I kept to myself while I did my best to sit quietly and do my work.
And for some reason, while packing my bag for the coffee shop, I ran over to the book shelf, grabbed “Compelled By Love,” stuffed it in my bag and ran out the door. Once I settled in at the book shop, I was really glad that I had grabbed the book because it is a favorite of mine by Heidi Baker. It was a perfect choice for avoiding all the debate conversation. I picked a random place to start in and just happened to land on the following sentence:
“Humility is considering others before you consider yourself. It is when you give way to and prefer the crippled man, the blind lady begging at your door, the arrogant preacher, or the one who cuts into the line in front of you. We are to do nothing out of selfish ambition.”
Yikes. Conviction set in on me. That’s how I should respond to the same old lady who seems to be at Target when I am and LIKES to cut right in front of me in line. Her poor husband apologizes to me, yet never corrects her behavior. Meanwhile, I have a cart of tired, cranky kids and the woman has no problem butting right in. Yet I should respond humbly; I should prefer her over me. The individual who has been completely unjust in his actions yet wants love and kindness returned; I have a really hard time with that. Yet I shouldn’t if the love of Christ is planted deep down in me. I should be able to love anyway . . .
Fast forward to the next day, and I just happened to listen to this message (link below), and what is it on? The very same thing – not letting people’s actions affect us, but instead, we should realize that they don’t know better. We are to respond as Christ would in every situation. Christ is in us, so why aren’t we yielding to Him? Whenver we put me, I, my rights, my opinion, she shouldn’t have done that, he should know better, etc. before others, then we respond incorrectly. I am so guilty of that. I think God is trying to show me a different way of living, and I happily yield. I know that practice makes perfect, yet it starts with a heart change. God’s ready to work that heart change in me, and I’m ready for Him to do it. I want to be Christ’s hands, feet, heart, love in this world. I want that so much . . .
Hope this speaks the same to anyone who may read it.