Sunday, May 26, 2013
What Grade Did You Get For Standing In Line?
You've spent hundreds of hours of your life waiting in lines, right?
I thought so. We all have. Hundreds. Of. Hours.
But how did we handle those hours? If God gave grades to us while we stood in line, what would your grade be? An A? A C+? An F- ?
Anything we spend hundreds of hours doing, matters.
When we approach a line do we become an eye-roller? A sigh-er? A complaining, worried-I'll-be-late, sorry-I-didn't-get-out-of-the-house-earlier, Life-is-so-unfair and where-did-all-these-people-come-from-anyway(!?) grouch?
Or do we step into a line and think, "Ahh... Good! Some quiet downtime in which to think delightful, grateful thoughts."?
Do we begin a we're-all-in-this-together conversation with the person in front of us (and view her as a potential new friend)?
Do we pull a tablet and pen from our purse and write down To Do lists or ideas for our next blog post or conversation?
Do we stand there and consciously let every bit of tension drain from our shoulders down to the floor while picturing our self laying beside our favorite lake or mountain or backyard fountain?
Do we take out the book we're carrying and read a few more pages, transporting ourselves to a whole other era?
Do we look around at the annoyed faces of our fellow line waiters and begin praying they'll come to know Jesus?
Do we face the person beside us to see if they perhaps could use an encouraging word?
Oh, the potential value of lines!
This may sound wildly controversial, but this is how I feel: The way we wait in lines shows what's going on deep inside our hearts.
... Whether we live on the surface or from way down, deep. Whether we're learning lessons God is aching to teach us, growing more patient, or whether we're learning to act like people who haven't even met Him yet. Whether we truly love humanity or have a long, l-o-n-g way to go.
Waiting in line. It's a fact of Life and it's an amazing opportunity to shine that Bright Light from the inside, out.
Have we accepted that lines are just a part of Life or do we (er, pridefully) believe, "*I* shouldn't have to wait like this!"?
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." ... Galatians 5:22,23