Oh, He's funny that way, isn't He? I spent a portion of my day rolling my eyes and gnashing my teeth about a series of emails from one individual. She disagreed with me and questioned me. Since I follow my oldest son's attitude (or maybe he follows mine?) that, "I could be wrong, but I doubt it," surely my opinions and reasons were to be held as gospel.
Then I sat down to dinner. And we read our usual excerpt from Living Faith Kids - Daily Catholic Devotions. I hung my head. Today's excerpt was 1 John 3:11:
For this is the message you have heard from the beginning; we should love one another.
And I knew this was a message for me. The explanation of the reading went on to say that "Jesus wants us to love everyone even when we don't feel like it." Well, I don't feel like loving [respecting, listening], but I surely will. I will remember that this person is dealing with a very stressful family issue this week. Maybe she's not disagreeing as much as just trying to simplify and clarify all the information to make it easier to process.
So, I will love. I might still roll my eyes, though, because sometimes you just need to do it. But, I will understand and be more patient.
The best part about the dinner revelation came a few minutes later, though. When the 10 year old boy and 7 year old girl looked at each other across the table and admitted neither had been particularly loving for the past few days. A truce of sorts seems to have been reached. At least for now. And that's enough for me.
**the picture of loving, agreeable siblings is from January 2011 - the temperature here has barely dipped below 50F!