Post by tomdurst on Mar 23, 2010 17:20:50 GMT -5
A CRY FOR HELP
Every obnoxious act is a cry for help.--Zig Ziglar
We often judge others harshly when they do things that seem to be inappropriate and thoughtless. We can choose to look at the person as being in need and crying for help. I often observed when I was teaching that kids would do weird things in the classroom because they were desperately needing someone to pay attention to them.
We find ourselves often being challenged to look for ways to be of help instead of sitting in the judgment seat. Sometimes simply a kind or gentle word can make a huge difference. I've seen it happen many times.
There is a lady that I've seen around town for many years that is always very angry and having strife with others. Recently she got on the bus and was obviously in a bad mood so I put on my headsets and decided just to block it all out. When she came and sat in the seat ahead of me I felt impressed to speak to her. At first she was defensive and I told her that I was just trying to be nice to her. I could see the anger just melt away, she smiled, and we had a great conversation that was enjoyable for both of us. Our contact was very peaceful and I felt that at least some degree of healing had come to her very troubled soul. When we can relate to people under stress with the peace of Jesus Christ it can be very wonderful indeed.
Everyday we all have our challenges and I try to meet them using the principles that Jesus clearly taught in the Sermon on the Mount, especially the beatitudes. I've found through experience that these simple teachings contain in them a power which we rarely tap into.
What about you? Do you have any response?
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