1 Corinthians 13:5
"It, Love, is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touch or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it (it pays not attention to a suffered wrong).."
How many Christians, in the workplace, do you know that can be a bit demanding, unloving, and lack patience?
Some of these same people go under the auspice of Jehovah Witness. It amazes me that some (not all) share their faith extensively with others hoping to lure them into a faith that is by far unique when considering other Christian denominations.
They wait for the most opportune time to speak to someone lost in need of Jehovah's word. The principals are different, and when someone joins, you are leaving behind many customs that you once knew to be comforting. You are walking into a completely changed world where you can draw few associations.
Many Witness' are kind, caring, and compassionate. But, there are a few on the other end of the spectrum that are accusatory, pointing fingers, to make the workplace run from their perspective. These spellbind me as I watch their daily moves wondering how you can corral others into believing Jehovah is a loving God? If Jehovah Witness are constantly witnessing God's love and faith. How can you feel secure when one is not displaying God's ideal path?
It reminds me of a story with my good friend Jerry. He met is sole mate Loraine in 1951. He is recently widowed and was sharing with me how kindness makes a solid relationship. He was pretty strong-willed, the directive type of guy. He always needed to have things go his way. When they were first married he told Loraine all the things that annoyed him. He wanted to make sure this relationship was strong, solid something he could depend on. He believed honesty was the key.
Gradually it dawned on him that his wife was not sharing things about him that he needed to change. She never returned the favor! As he wondered he realized that somewhere along the line that his wife had made a decision not to look at his flaws. He wasn't stupid, he knew he had plenty!
She chose to not focus on them. It occurred to her that she could love him despite all his annoying traits. Honesty was not the best policy here.
At the end of our conversation, he told me that in the thirty years they were married, his wife never said one unkind word to him. What a lesson to take through next week!
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me kindness, oh great Lord
Help me to realize that my relationship with others is built on kindness
Teach me to realize in a wold I can be anything, let me choose kind.
Remind me to pray about this everyday, Lord.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.