Life can be so hard sometimes. We all have so much going on in our day to day that pulls and tugs and threatens to crush us with the weight of it all. I know that during those times I can be less than kind because I am letting my circumstances get to me. Every little thing just seems to compound the stress and can cause me to snap at people- especially the ones I love most. Anyone else ever had those days? We try to explain it away by saying we have just had a bad day so that should excuse it, but we definitely don’t accept it if someone else is having a bad day and snaps at us. Have mercy, no.
I was talking with a preacher friend yesterday about basically extending mercy to people. We never know what they are going through, but we are really quick to be ugly to the waitress that has been slow. We have no idea if it is the kitchen’s fault, or if she has been working a double shift because someone decided not to show, or if her grandma that raised her passed away not long ago. We are just quick to be short because she isn’t living up to our expectations and we have left 0 room for compassion or mercy.
I know. It stung me a little because I am often really quick to let things flow out of my mouth without thinking about if it is kind or true or lovely or helpful or beneficial or does it correct the way Jesus would correct? I am working on this, y’all. I really am.
We want others to somehow telepathically realize that we have had a bad day so to be kind to us, yet we are not always so understanding of others. Are there just some plain nasty, mean people in this world? Yes. I have met a lot of them. Are we supposed to love them too? Absolutely. No matter how hard it is. That is the bulk of what our purpose is on this earth- to love God and to love others with His love.
But, Lord, there are people I don’t want to love them. They have repeatedly hurt me over and over. They have said all kinds of ugly things about me. They have tried to turn people away from me. They have done all of these things to me….and a voice whispers, “Love them anyway.”
But, Lord, I don’t feel like it. I saw that person, and I did feel that tug to stop and talk to them, but I have all these things to do and just don’t have time. If I do, it is going to put me so behind schedule. I know they say they need money, but they’re probably just going to spend it on something they shouldn’t, and I need money too…and I hear this voice whisper, “Stop, and love on them anyway.” Why? Because that may be their last day on earth or maybe it is what finally brings them to Jesus or maybe it isn’t even really about them and it is about you having an obedient heart.
But, Lord, I am tired. My soul is weary. I have been trying to take care of all of these people and circumstances are just seeming to overwhelm me and I am not sure I can do one more thing…and I hear this voice whisper, “I will sustain you….just love people.”
I know. I get it. This is hard. I have people in my life that I don’t feel like loving. My flesh is tired of them telling lies. My flesh is tired of constantly having to battle.My flesh is plain and simply tired. But my soul keeps hearing His voice tell me to love on people. Wherever I am. Whoever I am with. Love people. That can be by being a little kinder, investing in my family, praying for people more, and a whole host of other ways that don’t cost me anything but my time.