I had to shut off the CD because I needed to think about that for awhile. What about someone who annoys you? It could be someone you work with, or go to school with, a neighbor, or even someone in your own household. Why would an all-loving God intentionally put someone that grates at our last nerve in our life? What could they possibly have that we need?
Well, it may be the experience that their annoying habit brings us. If someone makes us want to scream just by entering the room, perhaps God is giving us this trial so that we will learn patience, or tolerance, or perhaps it's to show us we have a similar fault. Maybe it's for us to understand that we, like them, are not perfect. Who knows? Perhaps we have the same negative effect on someone else! Wow, isn't that a thought!
Maybe you are surrounded by peaceful people who love you. What a blessing that is! Are you still appreciating that peacefulness or are you thinking your life is dull and unexciting? Would you trade that peace for mayhem? I hope not! What are you learning from that peace you think is boring?
Dear Reader, our lives are gifts from God. We should be living our lives for His glory. There is always a way to grow in wisdom and to bring thanksgiving to our Father. Every person, whether good or bad, funny or sad, smart or not, rich or poor, or healthy or sick, every one of those people that God has put in our life has something we need. We can grow by accepting their differences with open arms instead of with trepidation and anxiety. Why do we turn away from the person in the wheelchair? Is it because we don't want to make them uncomfortable, or does our avoiding their eyes cause them to be uncomfortable? Is it because it makes us feel uncomfortable? What would Jesus do? Would he see their infirmity or their heart?
Today, learn what you can about how you feel when you are around certain people. Do they make you miserable? Why? What area in your life do you need to work on? Do they bring you joy? Why? And do you turn around and share that joy with others? All these things we feel are gifts from God. Let's grow today by understanding that through looking at others and how we react to them, we see a side of ourselves. Do we need to forgive? If so, don't hesitate! Our walk is unique to each of us. Even though we meet people in life who seem to be kindred spirits, and their experiences seem to mirror our own, don't be fooled, not for one minute do you process the places they've been or the things they've done the exact same.
God made each of us unique. There is none like Him, and there is no one else like you or me. Celebrate your uniqueness today, and learn about yourself. Become aware of your faults and your gifts. Give those gifts away--your smile, your patience, your gift of listening, your time, your joy. God will keep replenishing them. And learn to love the unlovable.
"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9