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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Reproach Loop

Today I made a major blunder.  It was near the end of the workday and I called my bank.  For various reasons my focus was entirely on the call (the connection was not good) and I was oblivious to my fellow worker who was also on the phone.  I talked so loudly that he had to move his location from by me to mid-room.  On leaving for the day, he showed some mild irritation at my behavior.  This evening I keep thinking of a passage of scripture (NIV-Matthew 5:46-48): If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  For application to my behavior today I keep thinking “If you are kind and considerate during relaxed and ideal conditions, what good is that?  Anyone can be kind and considerate under ideal conditions.  But you are to be kind and considerate even at stressful times when the inner impulse is to be self-centered.”  This loops in my mind persistently and serves as an enduring reproach.

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