My friend, Julia, recently shared with me a cute story. It seems a mother was preparing pancakes for her two sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake, Their mother saw the opportunitrfora moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait,' "she commented. Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus."
A cute story and a lesson that touched my heart. Sometimes children can be so direct and countless numbers of times I have learned life lessons from the mouths of babes.
Recently, I was complaining to Jim about hbw rude so many people are and how if they just practiced a little more common courtesy and politeness how much better off our society would be. "It would be Would be so much easier for me if they could just approach life civility!" I moaned. "If I were treated more kindly by them then I wouldn't have cursed at, or rudely ignored in a store I get agitated--but it is a reaction to them!" In the middle of my pontificating and trying to excuse my negative thoughts forward rude and boorish behavior, this little story came to mind.
You see, I want everybody else to act like Jesus so that life will be easier for me. Unfortunately, on this earth that is not going to happen.
So, as clergy spouses, I guess we just have to continue striving to be the ones like Jesus. Believe me, that is the hard part!
Have a good day!