My friend, may I ask you a question? How are people seeing you today? Are you giving them a defensive image despite the fact that no one is threatening you? If you knew how people saw you, would you be complimented or embarrassed by their viewpoint?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
When my family vacationed in Maine years ago we visited a number of beaches along the Atlantic Coast. The beaches gave us many opportunities to watch the small Atlantic Rock Crabs scamper across the rocky beaches. It seemed that almost everywhere we looked beaches were inhabited by these tiny little warriors. They would walk sideways and, if one of us invaded their space, with pincers raised, they poised themselves to strike out at anyone or anything crossing their path–whether there was a real threat or no threat at all. The picture of those defensive little crabs, sideways walking and thrusting those raised claws came to mind one day after we returned from our trip when my daughter asked me “why I was such a crab?” Was I backing away from her needs at the moment? Worse yet, was I defensive and pushing her away? It suddenly dawned on me why we call crabby people “crabs.”
How are people seeing you today? Are you giving them a defensive image despite the fact that no one is threatening you? If you knew how people saw you, would you be complimented or embarrassed by their viewpoint?
Here’s a story. A poor vagabond, traveling a country road in England, tired and hungry, came to a roadside inn with a sign reading: “George and the Dragon.” He knocked. The innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window. “Could you spare some food?” He asked. The woman glanced at his shabby clothes and obviously poor condition. “No!” She said rather sternly. “Could I have a pint of ale?” “No!” She said again. “Could I at least sleep in your stable?” “No!” By this time, she was fairly shouting. The vagabond said, “Might I please...?” “What now?” The woman interrupted impatiently. The beggar looked up at the sign that read George and the Dragon and scratched his chin;“D’ye suppose,” he asked, “I might have a word with George?” (Alan Smith)
Is it possible that people around us who are in need view us as a “dragon” because of our callous indifference to their plight? We live in a time when it’s easy to be suspicious. There are some who refuse to work, opting to live off government aid and other charitable organizations. But, there are also many around us in genuine need, and if we’re not careful, we can give them the impression, like that Innkeeper's wife, of indifference and uncaring. The Scriptures have much to say about our attitude toward those in need. May we be known not only as a people who care, but as a people whose concern is demonstrated through our actions. Those tiny little Atlantic Rock Crabs pushed us away even when we were no threat to them. Christians should always demonstrate the opposite of those little crabs. We need to pull people to us, embracing their needs, not pushing them away. I like that picture a whole lot better.
We pray. Heavenly Father, there are many people around us who need something, whether that’s food, clothing or just a hug. Sometimes we react to their need with a push as opposed to a pull because we are so readily wary and defensive when we should be open and caring. Forgive us Father when are quick to defend before we understand what truly motivates others to have needs. Guide us Father to be caring and not crabby, loving and not defensive. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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