-On the Narrow Road-
Things can get pretty interesting when you just do. Even if the other guy isn’t doing his part, simply do yours. See what happens 🙂
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. Every night, the family ate dinner together; but because of the old man’s shaky hands and blurred vision, he had difficulty eating. Peas would roll off of his spoon, and milk was almost always spilled on the table as he tried to take a drink. His son and daughter-in-law became very frustrated and decided to have him sit at his own table in the corner where they wouldn’t have to deal with the mess. Because he had broken a dish or two, they gave him a wooden bowl to eat out of. One night, the father noticed his son playing with some wood scraps, and he asked him what he was doing. The son answered “I am making a wooden bowl for you and mommy to eat from when I grow up.” The parents were speechless and in tears. From that moment on, the grandfather ate at the table with the rest of the family and somehow, the messes he made never bothered them again.
Impatience can occur when expectations are not met. No one is perfect, and wanting that from someone is frustrating and unproductive. Choose to love people for who they are, as they are. That’s how God loves us, and He asks us to do the same for others.
“Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.” Unknown
“The greatest thing a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to…His other children.” Henry Drummond
Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah Pathways Devotional, November 4.