I walked into a crowded restroom, and seeing all the stalls were taken, I moved to the handicapped door. But just as I opened it, a woman clearly needing that stall came through the restroom entrance, so I stepped away. Her response was,
“What is it with you people? Why are you so afraid of using our stall? Do you think we have cooties or something?”
Due to the number of people listening, and my shock, I said nothing.
Yesterday, while I was walking downtown, a tourist was taking a picture of a popular local icon. Since I was about to walk right in front of it, I stood aside so as not to photo bomb. His mocking response was, “You don’t have to hide – I wasn’t taking a picture of YOU!”
Like a dog heeling by her Master, I heard a firm warning,
So I smiled and walked past, but I felt the deep burn of wanting to bark and bite his ankle.
Geesh. People are so easily offended these days; and I’m very offended by there offendedness.
Which is to say, I haven’t “reckoned the old man dead” or, in my case, “old woman”. I have not “made myself nothing” as Jesus did; and I’ve forgotten to pick up my cross and follow Him. It’s such a teeny tiny cross compared to His. It’s as if Jesus, hauling a world’s worth of groceries out of the car, asks me to carry the single roll of toilet paper, and I complain it’s too heavy. What if I believed “underneath are His everlasting arms” actually carrying it himself, but LETTING me “help” Him, like a toddler in training?
How would our world be different if we each carried not only our own roll, but bore the roll of the one who “pooped” on us? (Pardon the visual, but exchanging the word “sin” for “poop” really brings it home for this mother of eight).
Jesus does the clean-up; we are just his trusty side-kicks, holding the roll.
I’m gonna try to remember next time somebody offends me to pray, “JEEESUUSS, clean up on aisle 12!” and, as the old hymn says, yield to His “cleansing flood”- for me first, and the other guy, too.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord
forgave you, so you must forgive others.
When they hurled insults at him, (Jesus) did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly.” 1Pe 2:23
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! Phil.2:5-8
In the same way, reckon yourselves dead in relation to sin, but alive in relation to God, because you are in Christ Jesus. Rom. 6:11
(Jesus) told all of them, “If anyone wants to come with me, he must deny himself,” (stop being self- centered) “pick up his cross every day, and follow me continuously”. Luke 9:23