Another Perspective

loving difficult people
photo credit: lipkee

How do you look at this picture? The photographer has described these Great Egrets as “Adult and two very demanding juveniles”. It is a prickly, thorny experience.

I did a search of the bird and found this interesting fact:

The male great egret chooses the nesting site and builds a nest platform of sticks and twigs in a tree or bush before he selects a mate. Both the male and female aggressively defend the nesting territory. They nest in colonies, often with herons and ibis.

Now, after reading about their habits, I look at the picture differently. It is not “demanding juveniles”. It is an awesome sight to behold – just aesthetically perfect of great egrets living in colonies playing with each other!

Often it’s our perspective. There are prickly people, thorny problems and thick carpet of troubles in our everyday’s life. What do we choose to see? Do we allow God to brighten our days with His perspective?

Rick Warren in his email devotion today titled “Loving difficult people” shared this verse,

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 (NIV)

He shared four methods Jesus modeled when He encounter difficult people. Let’s allow Jesus’ ways to transform mundane and troublesome daily events into a personal spiritual encounter with Him:

1. Realize you can’t please everybody. Even God can’t do that! Refuse to play games (Matthew 22:18).

2. Learn to say no to unrealistic expectations. Confront them by “telling the truth in love.”

3.NEVER retaliate (Matthew 5:38-39). It only lowers you to their level.

4.Pray for them (Matthew 5:44). It will help both of you. Let God speak to them.

(Note: This post also appears in my Church’s 40DOP here.

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3 Responses to “Another Perspective”

  1. Next door neighbour Says:

    Soon, very soon, you will be a bird’s expert! That reminds me of our town being flooded with so called experts to tell the council how to “chase” the birds away!

  2. JoMel Says:

    “Never retaliate (Matthew 5:38-39). It only lowers you to their level.”

    Thank you for the timely reminder. My urge to retaliate was very strong when I received a very nasty comment in my blog. It takes an equal amount of strength if not more, to stop ourselves from retaliating when someone utters something that we feel so strong about.

    I am glad I found that strength, through my friends, through God, and now through you.

    Thank you.

  3. bp Says:

    His way, His perspective, not ours. Admittedly not easy to do, when confronted by issues that erm really get to us. Those 4 pointers are a great reminder of what Jesus would have done if He were in our shoes, for us to soldier on in His step… one day, on thing at a time =)… thanks for sharing.


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