Ohmigoodness - Did I get tested yesterday.
I talk about grace. I talk about taking the high road. I talk about finding joy no matter the circumstance....Well I met someone who tested all these things at one time!
I'm trying to decide how to make this long story shorter, so.... I show up for my party last night ( I'm in the home based party plan biz). It's going to be outside. There is a lady sitting in a lawn chair with her back to me when I pull in. She has a dog & she is "playing" on her phone. I approach her and say "Hi, I'm Mindi". She looks at me, shrugs and says "So?!" Yikes - So? OK regroup..."I'm here for Susie Sunshine's Party." Again I get a shrug & and "I don't know any Mindi"...RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!- I'm screaming in my head. I wanted to get in my car and go home. But I did not, instead I smiled my biggest smile & prayed, prayed, prayed that I would not say something I would regret. I prayed to remind myself that God's grace was hers also...I wasn't seeing any of it at the moment BUT.....
So I've been at this place before. I'm guessing you too have been at this proverbial crossroad yourself, time to put up or shut up - right? Practice what you preach? I did. It was not easy. She was not a nice woman, period. I had to keep reminding myself that folks are broken. That some people love themselves so little(or not at all) that they can't show love to others. How sad I am when I encounter this. While my flesh wanted to punch her in the nose 🙂 or at least say exactly what I thought of her behavior, I did not let my 'feelings' win. God is love. I am a child of His. I need (because I love Him) to honor him with all that I say & do. Did I make a difference in her life last night? IDK - but I know I honored God & stayed on the high road. Just because the low road has a nice worn path doesn't make it the best way to go.
1 John 4:8 (MSG)
8 The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can't know him if you don't love.
Remember, you are strong enough to do the right thing...the joy of the Lord is your strength - Use it.
A little more food for thought today...
Proverbs 17:22 (MSG)
22 A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
Alright people..the message for today be love, be light - it's good for you & me 🙂