Crabby, Coincidence, Compassion

I guess you can tell that I was a Pastor’s wife because my devotional today has three sections and they all start with the same letter, C.  What can I say? I loved his style!

Crabby.  Do you ever have one of those days when it started out productive and worthwhile?  Then you get a phone call, email or something else happens and it all goes sour?  You get crabby, irritable and everything that you had planned for the day just goes down the tubes.  You have feelings of “life’s not fair” and “why bother.”  Most of the time you express your crabbiness to at least one person and then later you realized how little you resembled Christ’s love and you more resembled a crab.  Your witness is gone but if you are still in the crabby mode, you aren’t even looking or thinking about that.   We all are human and that leads me to coincidence.

Coincidence.  There are some people that think that your thoughts, feelings and actions are all just part of coincidence.  For me, I don’t feel that way.  I believe that God orchestrates everything in your life like a beautiful musical performance.  If you have ever heard a musical score, there are times in the music when it is upbeat and happy.  There are also times when the music turns scary or makes you feel anxious.  There may be calming times in the music that gives you peace and tranquility.  Nothing is coincidence.  As I was experiencing the crabby time as mentioned above (yes, I am human and not ashamed to admit it), I looked at my devotion for the day.  There it was, like a bonk on the head – three verses.  Coincidence?  No.  God was telling me to stop being crabby.

  1. Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
  2. Galatians 1:10, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?  If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
  3. James 4:6, “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

COMPASSION.  As I read the devotion, it talked about how we should be compassionate in all things.  We should diligently seek God instead of the approval and accolades of the crowd.  That is when I felt the bonk on the head.  The musical performance of our life doesn’t always deserve an Oscar or a Grammy Award.  Sometimes we won’t get the praise or attention of a job well done.  If the approval of others becomes more important than the approval from God, we lessen the impact of our witness.  How we handle life’s disappointments is a direct reflection of that witness.  When we don’t get the job promotion or don’t get picked to be the lead manager or even when we don’t get the praise that we feel we should get, maybe it isn’t meant to be.  We must stay grounded and compassionate because there is a much bigger picture.  There are those that are homeless, jobless, and without much hope at all.  If you have a roof over your head, food in the pantry and clothes on to keep you warm, you have something.  Humility is hard but there are others that don’t have as much as we do.

When you have compassion, it overrules crabbiness and that isn’t a coincidence.

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