I have someone in my life, on a daily basis, that is the most negative and angry person.
By the third time I was around her, I wanted to exit, stage right. I have enough Debbie Downers in my life.
But I do business with this person – she is a client.
Finally, after the seventh negative encounter with her (and other clients that complained she was “a very angry person”), I decided to prepare my weekend with a positive:
I’m going to be nice to her.
And if she’s ugly to me (and my peers), I will be nicer.
Because I do not know her story.
If you have been reading my blogs, you know I once gave up – threw in the towel – until a little Irishman saved my life – he brought me back to Christ. Another time, I was at my wit’s end in my career and Tera came in, with her sunshine and cheer, and gave me hope – and help. Or another time, when I gave up on myself and found a friend who dragged me kicking and screaming into the sunlight of publishing my first book.
I had situations – life changes – life challenges – and people were kind, gave me a break, uplifted me, and were just, simply enough, nice.
If you need a “Banner Moment” of Scripture, here it goes:
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” That comes to use from Ephesians 4:32.
That’s my goal this weekend! I’m going to be so nice, she’s going to ask me what my motive is. What is my motive?
To remind myself, not her, that I don’t know her story – and whatever it is, nothing is too big that He can’t fix. AMEN!