One word (reflect). Five minutes (write).
Christmas time is merely an exaggeration of how we are on a daily basis: always in a rush, everyone’s agenda so much more important than another’s, this forceful need to always be first. Simple courtesy is all but forgotten.
This is a negative view of my fellow man, I agree. I’ve been a bit Grinch-y lately. Maybe a lot.
I went for gas and walked inside the store to pay for my purchase. On my way in three people were on their way out. I held the door for them to exit. None of the three made eye contact. None smiled at me. None said thank-you.
I thought to myself, “How rude. What am I, your service provider?” I felt foul, had a rancid taste in my mouth.
Like I said: Grinch
I paid for my gas and soda and left.
On my way out two people were coming in. Again I held the door and the first rushed by while on what sounded to be a very frantic phone call. The second slipped in quietly behind her. Not a word. Not a smile.
I decided I would never hold the door again. Why bother? I’d be just as self-centered as the next. Plain and simple.
I rushed to selfish, self-satisfying thinking.
As I drove home my insides began to tangle up. I was very uncomfortable and anxious within my own skin. As I pondered my condition my mind centered itself on one simple question:
What is grace?
Grace is unmerited favor.
Grace and kindness- mercy- is God-given directly from His great love, not from any deserving or well-earned endeavors.
Good thing I’ve been showered with God’s abundant mercy.
Good thing or I’d be lost.
As is God’s way I was checked for my faulty feelings and corrupt thinking. Immediately He turned me towards His truth and His decrees.
Be kind regardless of the outcome. We don’t do for a result, a reply or a thank-you. We do because God is love and He commands us to share that love. He loves us, we love others. Plain and simple. That’s how love works.
That’s how love is.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36 NIV)
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