I think these past two weekends we have received more snow than all last winter. Unfortunately I’m also responsible for two driveways as we’re in between houses. I have a snow blower at one and was shoveling the other when a dear friend offered me a second snowblower. When the high was -2 degrees I had trouble starting both. I pulled and pulled on the start cord until a bad word formed in the back of my head. You know you’re having a hard time when you break a sweat trying to start in -15 wind chill. I was tempted to take a few swings with a shovel to the snowblower but used better judgement. Why? Because that snowblower is worth alot to me so I don’t have to shovel! The showblower’s value to me determined how I would treat it.
When I get together with an accountability friend we both agree we get angry with closest to us the most. It would be easy for us to blame and think it’s just because they’re annoying, but is that really what’s going on? But why are the people we’re closest too that ones that make us the most angry?
One explanation may be because they are so close to us they hurt us the most. Another may be because they know us so well we can’t hide how we really feel from them. Another may be because we have so much history we get irritated quicker. I have thought all these. But then the snowblower pushed me too far and I was aware of how much I value it.
When was the last time I valued my wife and kids? How about my coworkers? Those I serve with at church? The Bible says we should, “Honor one another above ourselves.” -Ro 12:10. I realize I treat people at restaurants well because I don’t want them to spit in my food! How much more should I value my family, my coworkers, and those I worship with? Jesus death and resurrection places great value on every person, whether a believer or not. I guess the stuff I get mad about shows me I have my values a little mixed up from time to time. Hopefully you’re not like me! http://www.choosemercy.org