Friday, May 24, 2013

smack'em back... with love

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs... Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander... be kind..." Ephesians 4:29, 31,32

It was the slap heard around the room.  Sitting on the library steps the first graders were restless. Putting his hands on the step, Chris accidently stepped on Jimmy's fingers. Jimmy's spontaneous response, a stinging slap across Chris' face, shocked everyone in the room. 

Shocking behavior... have you ever witnessed it?   I've seen it... and done it.  Sometimes we unexpectedly lose control of our body and/or mouth -- especially when deadlines lurk and exhaustion rises.  Pushing, eye rolling, grunting, yelling, cursing, snarling, backtalking, etc. 

Lord, when my nasty button gets pushed, i pray You smack some discomfort to my heart.  I need and want forgiveness and to be filled with Your love instead of my despair.

have a hands up-filled day!

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