Tuesday, August 04, 2009

"Pass the Cranberry Sauce" is Not a Relationship: Today at the Cafe

Is there a specific person in your life whom you find very difficult to love?

To be completely transparent, I admit that I have one or two … or three … people who are difficult for me to love.

One of these provides me with a daily exercise in self-restraint and the forgiveness of small offenses. It’s the thorn in the side syndrome.

And the other person I see only at Christmastime, which provides a year’s worth of awkwardness to be dragged out into the middle of the room like a big ‘ol poorly-wrapped gift.

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11 comments:

Melissa said...

Loved it. Did you know I needed that and just found a subtle way to get all up in my business? You're good, real good.

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

I loved your post. It was a gentle reminder that I needed. :)

lori said...

Linda,
I have to tell you, this is the BEST devotional I've read in a long time...perhaps because it hit me in the heart:) wonderfully said, and guided in grace is the only way to be...

often extra helpings of grace extended...

you got me today girl!
amazing piece....

hugs,
lori

Greg C said...

I loved it too. Very good questions. I am avoiding someone because no matter what I say they refuse to listen or turn their life around. I am actually afraid to let my sons be around this person because they are surrounded by really bad people.(drugs and violence) I wish there was something I could do but I have given up.

skoots1mom said...

Thank you, Jesus...His Spirit spoke through you...

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh, I clicked and saw the site, very cool - I'll go back and read now ....

by the way - I love the look of your blog - makes me want to spiff up mine!

Kim said...

Excellent post! One of the things God has taught me over the last couple of years is that I'm responsible for my actions; the other person may resist all overtures but it's still my responsibility to make them. But boy is that hard with some people! You hit the nail on the head when you said it gives you "a daily exercise in self restraint and the forgiveness of small offenses" -- those small ones that continue to accumulate are often harder to deal with than some big offenses.

BTW, thanks for asking about my FIL. His right side was definitely affected but the doctor only made an adjustment in his daily aspirin intake. How did your dad come through his tests?

The Surrendered Scribe said...

Found you at the cafe, and so glad I did. Wonderful devotion and blog!

Mocha with Linda said...

Great thoughts.

I don't especially like some of them, but they're spot on! :-)

a Tonggu Momma said...

The husband and I call those people are "extra-grace people" because we require extra grace from God to deal with them.

Darla said...

yowza wowza! you really spoke to me tonite!!! i have been asking some questions recently about what i should do in certain relationships? this really told me loud and clear, that I need to make the necessary effort as a child of God towards reconciliation and peace...aarrrgg, that seems hard sometimes but i sure don't want to give the devil his way either. thanks so much for being led by the spirit!