Morning Sunshines! HAPPY FRIDAY! Shew…it’s been a hot week here. Hoping for a little relief this weekend.
Speaking of weekend…Happy Father’s Day! Such a great time to HONOR fathers. I love what a pastor said one time…the Bible doesn’t say honor GREAT fathers…it simply says to honor them. Sometimes, and I get it, we want to choose who we honor based on how we feel. Doesn’t work that way with God. #contrary
As a matter of fact, my daughter came home from work yesterday SO upset. Crying. She’d had a terrible encounter, right before her shift ended, with a racist old man who made a comment and refused to be checked out by her.
I was mad. Her dad was mad. We started the whole “you should’ve said this…” or “oh, I wish I’d been there” kind of things.
And then, I was cooking dinner and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
We’re called to BLESS those who CURSE us.
I know this, clearly. I just didn’t go straight to it. My flesh and mama bear self wanted to take this guy out.
I discussed this with everyone at dinner, shared how I felt and what we’re CALLED to do (they aren’t all there yet:). And last night, I prayed for and BLESSED this crotchety old man as I fell asleep.
I prayed for the Lord to continue to bring people on his path to LOVE him into kindness and for him to see that ALL of God’s beautiful children are created equal and unique. I prayed for his heart to soften before he dies. I prayed for the child in him to be healed that was clearly exposed to hatred. I prayed for him to be overtaken with love.
It was better. I went to sleep with grace and love in my heart instead of anger and hatred.
God’s ways are higher than our ways. We have to CHOOSE to trust and follow them in the face of difficult circumstances. But always…and I do mean always…I find His word to be TRUE.
We’re not called to walk like the rest.
I know. Same. So hard.
Yes! We need to love others like Jesus loves them in-spite of their flaws and unloving nature. We should feel compassion for them as they know not what they are doing that may be hurting others. And yes PRAY for those who curse us. It’s not always easy but this is what God wants us to do. The battle then is HIS! 💕💕