When I first did the layout for my website, I had just released Breathless. Now that I’m up to eleven books, I thought I’d better simplify things. Let me know in the comment section how you feel about the new layout. I’d love your opinions.
A Change of Circumstance
Bullying is a big topic these days. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about it. I can’t help but think that people who treated Bill Gates badly during high school now wish they’d become his friend.
I’m sure there have been times we all wish we could have a do-over when it came to our treatment of others. Think back to Jesus’ birth.
Luke 2 tells us nothing further than, While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Now take a moment and imagine how the innkeeper who put Joseph and Mary in the stable must have felt when he saw all the people coming to bow down to baby Jesus. Little doubt the innkeeper wanted a do-over.
We never discover whether the innkeeper knew Jesus was God’s son or that people flocked to see Him. But let’s say for a moment, he saw the three magi and the shepherds, maybe even angels above the manger. Do you think he would have found room for Mary and Joseph inside the inn instead of the stable if he’d known Jesus was so special?
Of course, he would.
Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered. – Stephen Cosgrove, author and toy designer
At times, we’re no different than this innkeeper. Would you have had so little patience with that store clerk if you knew she had an ill child at home? Would you have gotten into an argument with that lady at church if you knew she’d not live through the night?
Like the innkeeper, we can’t go back and change things we did in the past. We need to move forward and treat others with respect and kindness. If you can help them, do so. If not, pray for them, and then get out of God’s way. We need to shower others with kindness whether it be the pastor or the lady cleaning the floors at work. Everyone is special in God’s eyes, and we should show them with our actions that we agree.
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