Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Unnatural

I regularly interact with pastors.
Or I just overhear their conversations while they're browsing and I'm shelving books.

The other day, two pastors the other day were chatting more than they were browsing. And I promise, I was shelving more than I was eavesdropping, but they were having a good, non-private-conversation-voices conversation.

The one line that has really stuck out to me is this:
"We are commanded to love. It doesn't come naturally, so it's a commandment."

I have a person in my life who is hard to love. She's loud and has a dominant personality. I don't want to love her. I don't even want to talk with her or be near her.

I have lots of people in my life that I want to love. They are thoughtful or funny or talented or beautiful or smart or any number of things. I naturally love them.

But this lady, while she is talented and hardworking, I let her personality get in the way of me loving her.

There was a girl in college that I had a hard time loving, also. While the rest of us were busy and tired with all our activities, homework and friends, she would complain that she was bored. Bored! In college! I knew I needed my heart to change towards her.

I started by washing her dishes.

Even that simple task made a huge impact on me. By secretly serving and blessing in her, my heart towards her started to change.

I'm thinking this is something I need to do to the lady in my life right now. I can't wash her dishes, but I'm pretty sure I could come up with something pretty easily.