A Coffee and Some Thoughts Friday
People on my Facebook news feed have been letting me know recently about all the things that are outraging/disgusting/righteously indignating them. (Yes, I’m deciding indignating gets to be a word for today’s post.)
Not that there aren’t things to be genuinely upset about. To name but a few:
-ISIS. -The findings of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in regards to the horrors experienced by Aboriginal people in government-sanctioned residential schools. -Locally, a tragic accident this past weekend taking the life of one person and forever altering the lives of many more.
And I look at the grievances so many of us have in light of such stories and experiences, and I want to shout, “Stop it!” Because so many of the things we are arguing about or fighting over or expressing our disgust about are too often a.) not that important or grievous, and b.) hurting people needlessly.
You know what Jesus said to do? Love God. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
But. But if I’m to treat others and allow myself to be treated based on what comes out of our mouths or across our social media feeds some days? Well, then we’d all better get ready to experience a heaping pile of ridicule, invalidation, ignorance, and other such ilk. AND A LOT OF IT WILL BE SHOUTED AND IN ALL CAPS. BECAUSE THAT MEANS THE OTHER PERSON REALLY, REALLY MEANS IT.
I know there are times when it’s really hard to be quiet, to put misconceptions and preconceptions aside, and really listen to someone, to wait and to create a safe place to be shown and to show our hearts. Sure, it was super-easy for Jesus because as God, He sees and knows all (and loves us in spite of it all). But if Jesus could, knowing all He knew beforehand, pay the price for all our awfulness – friends and foes alike – then surely we can show grace and compassion to more of the world around us?
Just a few thoughts on this particular Friday …