I wrote a week or two ago about the marks we make on people’s lives. I could have written more on that with a slightly different angle, but well, the space just was not there, so consider this part two.
If you believe as I do that God has created an incredibly complex and beautiful mosiac for our lives, then this will make sense. If you think that we just go through life in a random manner, then well — you and I will just not agree much on this point.
I believe God puts people in our lives. As I look around at those I come across on a daily basis, I do not always pay attention to what I could experience as a part of good interaction with them. What I am trying to get better at is looking at each person as potentially having a gold nugget in their pocket that God wants them to give to me, and/or I have one to give them (or both!). Regardless, since God put them in my path, I have to believe there is a reason. I think he is using us to grow and perfect each other, and to make us each more like Him.
Now it’s not always fun. Some of the greatest growth I have experienced in my life has been when I was dealing with the most difficult people, those who are not seeing things my way. I also have gotten great joy from dealing with those people I love being with and enjoy. Hmmm, let’s ponder that one a moment. So what does that tell me? That tells me that no matter who is in front of me, there is a blessing in it if I will only look for it. It tells me that God honeslty expects me to seek out what he is sending my way or is asking me to give — regardless of who I am interacting with.
In Matthew 25, the parable of the Sheep and the Goats addresses this in a way as he talks about meeting the needs of His people. Remember? That is the passage where he says two key things:
Matthew 25:40: "The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:45: "He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Okay — then what we do to others — we do to Him. Kinda changes the perspective a bit doesn’t it? If he is wanting that, then yes — we should treat each person the way we would Jesus if he was standing in front of us. I know it is a challenge, but it is worth it. Imagine if we could all do a better job at it, how different our lives would be.
Ooops — gotta go now — I see Jesus walking down the hall toward me! 🙂