In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law!
A life-long friend and I have shared a series of nostalgic emails over the past few weeks. I have thoroughly enjoyed these strolls down Memory Lane. Life was so much simpler when we were children. When things went awry, I had a variety of people to whom I could turn to restore my peace. I also knew back then that, when all else fails, God listens carefully when we whisper our troubles heavenward.
Earlier today, a bit of mischief- actually, outright unkindness- on the part of someone who knows better sent me teetering to the edge. The edge of what, I’m not sure. Still, this person’s behavior soured my mood. The good news is that I sulked only briefly before I decided to distract myself with email. In the midst of this self-imposed therapy, I discovered another of my friend’s nostalgic messages. This reminder of the comforts of my youth prompted me to enjoy one of those comforts by spending a few moments with God. With that, I left my keyboard for the windows which overlook our yard. I gazed at the mountains of snow which herald our recent snowfall. The beauty before me dispelled my sour feelings in short order. With this attitude adjustment came the realization that this person’s mean-spirited behavior is her problem, not mine.
I returned to the day’s work with a smile, a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s peace, and a prayer of intercession for my cranky acquaintance.
Comforter God, help me to see the unkindness of others with your eyes. Teach me to respond with your kindness, forgiveness and love.
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