You know – I’m gonna do that…

Look at this commercial with Peyton Manning, where he visits hotels in the towns of his opponents. At each of his encounters with fans from the “home team,” he never quite senses the malevolence in their comments.

I don’t know if Peyton Manning is always that way, but I wish I were. To always see good intentions in the actions and words of others is disarming to them, and brings peace to us. The Old Book says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). We need more gentle answers and less defensiveness. Does it matter that their intentions are not always good? Ultimately, no. We cannot control the attitudes of others, but we can perhaps influence them toward being more positive. I’m not calling for us to be naïve, but rather we should be gracious and wise.

I heard an athlete interviewed this week. The reporter asked him, “You were taken 234 in the draft overall, does that give you a bit of a chip on your should that makes you want to prove to those who passed you over that they were wrong.” Without hesitation he said, “It gives me 233 chips on my shoulder.” His attitude put him at odds with every person taken before him and every team that didn’t take him. It even created a division with the team that eventually did take him, because he wasn’t their first pick.

I’ve been trying to help Caleb see how great Jesus was as a human. He wasn’t simply a great teacher. And his being God is a subject unto itself. Grasping Jesus life as human is a critical step in growing close to him. Peter wrote, “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:22-23).

This is our example. He didn’t have a chip on his shoulder. He didn’t see the world as God haters. He was compassionate to them, even the worst of sinners. He was harsh to the self-righteous, but left room for even them to turn to God. He wasn’t negative in how he saw the lost or his own followers – even in their failures.

I need an infusion of Jesus’ heart. I need to brush the chips off my shoulder and love people. I need to see good in people – not only church people, but the world as well. I need to give a couple of relatives a break, four of my friends need to be let off the hook, (maybe five,) I should probably give three politicians a chance and I have some debris to clean up with my own family. Man – I have a lot to work on.

You know, I’m gonna do that… the weather here is sweet! Nice.

telemicus out

1 Responses to You know – I’m gonna do that…

  1. cindy smith says:

    Wow… this is so good. I so want to be like that. It’s humility in action. Thanks for that. Wonderful thoughts. Can’t say enough.

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