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Jeremiah 29:11
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ephesians 6:14a, 17
Stand firm.......... Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

1 John 2:15-17
15: Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16: For everything in the world the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world.
17: The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

People were created to be loved.
Things were created to be used.
The world is in chaos
because things are being loved,
and people are being used.

A friend sent me this little proverb in an e-mail yesterday. I think there is a lot of truth in it but when I asked God why this is so often the case the answer I received surprised me. It came very quickly and very clearly, it was not something I thought. This is the answer I got: "People often make themselves hard to love". After I received this answer I asked, "in what way are people hard to love"? Here is the expanded explanation I received.

1.) Objects are simple and people are complex. Even
     though we ourselves are complex we like to
     simplistically categorize others. That is not possible.
     One time a person does something benefits me but
     sooner or later that same person will do something
     that hurts me. How do I categorize that person?
2.) Objects are to us what we want them to be. We can
     interact with them when we want and when we are
     done we can set them aside without consequence.
3.) Objects never mistreat us or don't have time for us.
4.) Objects do not make demands on us.
5.) People feel defined by the objects they possess. This
     means they define us the way we want to be
     defined. People define us they way they want to and
     it is often different than the way we would like to be

I could go on but you get the picture. All of what I have written is absolutely true and yet we know that this is not how God wants us to interact with the world around us. I could reference numerous scriptures making the point that God wants us to care about people and not desire material possessions but they don't change the fact that people can be very hard to deal with. As always there are two sides to the issue.

1.) While we struggle to get through the most basic
     demands in our lives people often make life even more
     complicated and we don't have the time or emotional
     resources to deal with it. Here is a simple rule I live by
     in order to deal with it. Don't have unrealistic
     expectations. By very definition you are guaranteed to
     be disappointed. I always tell people if they know me
     long enough I promise I will do something they don't
     like. I can't help it, I'm human.

2.) Be thoughtful about how you interact with others.
     Don't just act and react but think about the
     consequences of your actions. Put yourself in the other
     persons position. This is the essence of the
     "golden rule" found in Matthew 7:12 and Paul's
     instruction to the Philippians when he tells them to,
     "esteem others better than themselves". In other words,
     make yourself likable.

My wife's father-in-law passed away this past January. He was one of the finest men I have ever known. Now that he is gone there are countless people that are constantly and continually help my mother-in-law. I have never seen anyone have so many people be so willing to gladly help them in any way and at any time and feel privileged to do so. I will tell you why this is. My father-in-law always saw the best in people, even those that had very little to see. He went out of his way and was always thoughtful of others. He gave people opportunities when they did not deserve one and many had a life rather than just existing because of his caring heart. My mother-in-law has conducted her life in much the same way caring for many as the need arose. Simply put, she now has so many friends in her time of need because her and my father-in-law were such good friends to others.

Galatians 6:7
7: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

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