It's the season to be grumpy. At least it seems that way. Last night I had to stop by Target for a few things and as I waited in line I saw and heard the lady two people in front of me checking out, complaining and fussing at the poor little cashier (a young high school student). I asked her, "can I help you with your bags? do you need help?" She replied, "no," she was just being grumpy...(or something to that nature). I replied, to my surprise, "don't do that, I'll help you, don't be mean to this poor kid. He's trying." I know I shouldn't have done that, but she was just being cruel and it was so unnecessary.
We forget so easily that the only eternal things we ever encounter in our lives are the other people we meet. All the rest will rust, rot or burn up....people are the valuable things. And there was a woman wounding another eternal being for the sake of a few trinkets! It all made me a bit angry.
And so, this morning, I went back to a passage my wife and I chose as our life verses when we married. They may help you as you deal with the frustrations of the Christmas holiday. Here are Paul's directions for us as we live in full contact with others,