My patriarchal blessing says that who God loves the most, he tests to the utmost of their endurance. I sure hope this is great love!
There is always a lot going on in my life. Since I am ME… an entity inside the body named Wendy, everything I experience is personal to me. It’s how *I* see, hear, feel, taste, smell….it’s MY experience of existence.
I keep finding myself surrounded by wonderful people, with a few hecklers on the side. I LOVE the warmth and understanding of most 🙂 Why, then, do I focus on the few deranged ones? If there are 95 people cheering at the finish line, why do the mean people matter? I don’t know. I think it’s because injustice makes me crazy…but there are probably all sorts of reasons.
I did not get to be who I am today by listening to the naysayers and deeply unhappy people. So why do they annoy me? They WANT me to be unsettled and unhappy. Why would anyone want that for another? It sure isn’t Christ-like…and most of these people consider themselves Christian. We are supposed to be bearing each other’s burdens…or at the very least…not adding to them.
This morning Rhett told me of a conversation he had with one of these people. This person and their family are not happy and not striving for unconditional love. If they focus on what’s wrong with ME, they can avoid looking in a mirror and fixing their own issues. I pray for them. I try to feel love when I am despitefully used. I want to know why I have to deal with their garbage when I have more than enough of my own!?!?
All people are needing and wanting to get through life even though trials abound. We have to find a way to keep going no matter how much joy or sorrow comes our way. If we are lucky, we make it through with character and grace intact.
I struggle mightily not to say worse things than I do. I am like a skunk in a cage. I don’t want to waste my stink…but if you keep poking me with a sharp stick….you are going to get it.
God doesn’t love us for the brand of car we drive or how svelte our figure or for how fancy our clothes are. He loves us because we are His children. The two greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart, mind, strength and spirit…and to love one another as we love ourselves. OH…that’s the crux right there….people often don’t love themselves very much. Jesus atoned for our sins…we should love ourselves as much as He loves us!