Last night I received an email about a project I am working on at work. The email was changing some of the structure of the project and had some statements in it that could seem to be giving praise to those who don’t deserve it.
For some reason, my first instantaneous reaction was one of outrage and frustration. But then I quickly stopped myself. Why should these things upset us so much? Lets look at the facts, the project was still being completed, the direction and strategy for the work was still on track and heading in the same direction. Why did it matter who, and how?
I started thinking about my post from Tuesday about Micah 6 and what we really are here for. I started thinking about Matthew 5, which I has just spend 30 minutes in conversation about, and I very quickly realized – this did not really matter, and in acutallity was a great time to help shine the light of Christ.
For some reason its such a struggle for us to see past the noise of this world, and to concentrate of the important things, and to deal with conflict in a way that still brings glory to the Creator and deflects from us.
So, because of these thoughts, two verses have been flitttering around in my head, so I thought I would share those today:
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12 New International Version (NIV)