Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Staying Long Enough to Find the Treasure
Think about precious metals, stones and other elements. Where do we find them; hidden deep within the earth. How does this pertain to difficult people? What if God has hidden things of Himself, treasures, deep in our hearts? What if we have to dig deep to see what He has instilled in us? We can be totally oblivious to what He has placed in our hearts and the hearts of others.
Someone who has lived a difficult life or maybe been told they are no good at anything, or have never been told that someone is proud of them, they wouldn't know to dig deep to uncover the wonderful secrets God has placed in them. Maybe we need to find ways to uncover the treasure in people around us. I have been in situations where someone was acting so ugly that I could almost see that their souls were black. I wanted to flee as fast as I could and have nothing to do with them. But I knew that with the love of God in me, I could push through, stick around and find out why they were such a difficult person. It could start with something as simple as leaving an unsigned note of encouragement, a pat on the back as I walk by, an invitation to lunch. With "Steves", most people never make the effort to get past the facade, to push deeper and find out that God has put wonderful, precious treasures in them.
God's love has no labels. It does not respond to people based on their actions. His love is based on the One doing the loving, not on the one being loved! Our love should be the same way. If we have to confront or correct someone difficult, it should be through this kind of love or it will just be seen as another rejection. If we set love on people then correction comes through a filter of acceptance. Imagine walking around seeking the best or good in others!
Do you have someone difficult in your life who just keeps showing up? Maybe God wants you to learn how to deal with them. Maybe you won't see people like that as difficult after you learn to look for the preciousness and value in them. I'm not saying it's easy or fun, and wouldn't we want someone to take the time and make the effort to find out what's hidden in our hearts? I promise, not only can it change their heart, but it can also change yours!
From His Lap,