Consider the Source

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2

 

My father gave me a piece of advice that helps me every day.  He advised, “whenever you hear information, consider the source.”  We receive tons of information day in and day out. Filtering out what is correct or wrong, can be exhausting.  The same comes from people, especially those we know and love.

 

A few months ago, I did something I am not proud of.  I got furious at a friend for something which was minor, an emoji on a text.  That’s right, an emoji. There are formatting issues between Android and Apple phones.  In this case, a friend sent me a long group text on her iPhone, and I received it on my Android.  The text came in jumbled. In the past, I mentioned this to her, hoping she would remember.  But, again, of all things to get upset at, this is what I chose.

 

Unfortunately, I chose via text to unload on her.  She called me the next day to explain that she didn’t mean to ignore my request on purpose but to understand that I was out of line to be so rude to her.  This friend was also dealing with a family emergency that would stress anyone out. Instead of pausing and apologizing, I continued to get rubbed the wrong way.  The conversation ended without resolution and more anger.

 

The next day, the conviction of the Lord came down on me.  That advice my father gave me many years ago, “consider the source”  popped into my head. My friend loves me dearly and only wants to see me grow in the Lord.  She would never intentionally hurt me. The remorse I felt came like a wave crashing over me.  I tried to make things right and ask for forgiveness. I knew I would be crying, so I sent her another text begging for mercy.  Thankfully, she received the apology well.

 

The enemy knows where it hurts.  I have this fear of being accepted and loved by others.  Many times, I have been taken advantage of or severely disappointed.  So, I take every look, comment given to heart. My trust has been low.  But if we ask ourselves to consider the source before we comment, we can save ourselves unnecessary arguments or riffs and have open communication and not be afraid to say something.

 

Lesson Learned: Consider the source and before you make your decision to act.

 

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for overacting on comments made.  Help me to determine what is true and noble. Let the little things roll off of me, so they do not take root in my heart and mind.  Help to forgive these minor instances quickly and to communicate. Thank you, Lord, for wisdom and strength. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

 

Redemption in a Starbucks Drive-Thru

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it; it is sin for them.” James 4:17

Sin comes in many forms.  We sin against others, ourselves, and God.  Jesus came to die on the cross for the reconciliation of our sins.  Making our wrongs right, is necessary, but pride and denial get in the way.

One rainy evening, my husband, newborn baby and I drove to the Starbucks drive-thru.  We were suffering from sleep-deprivation and wanted something warm and with caffeine. As we turned into the driveway, another car cut us off to go into the Starbucks drive-thru.  We were mad, but there was nothing we could do about it.

We gave our order and went up to the window to pay.  The barista said, “there is no charge. The customer before you paid for your drinks and said he was sorry for cutting you off.” My mouth dropped.  I couldn’t believe that it happened. Honestly, that cup of hot chocolate was the best one I had ever had. But that man did what we should all do if we sin/wrong someone, we make it right as soon as possible.  

Many times we are faced with disagreements with people or our sin, and we do nothing about it to make the wrongs right.  Making wrongs right doesn’t mean we have to apologize for things we didn’t do, but the act of forgiveness frees us from more profound trauma.  If we did the wrong, we need to accept responsibility and seek forgiveness from who we wronged. Do not let sin take a foothold in our life.

Lesson Learned: When you wrong someone, take responsibility and reconcile the best you can.

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for forgiveness of sin I have committed.  If there is someone I need to reconcile with, give me the right words to say and courage to make amends.  Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross to cleanse me from sin. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”