I got mad at a friend last week. She’s not a really good friend…or even one I’ve known that long – but the potential is there. She pissed me off – she didn’t mean to, I’m sure, but she did. I’d tell you the story, but it’s really too long and conveluted. The point is that this is usually the point in a friendship when I just decide it’s not worth the frustration and “I’m done with you”. But, then I remembered my talk with Jake yesterday – is tetherball worth losing a friendship over? Well, this is kind of that same thing. I hate when that happens. My own words come back to haunt me…..”sometimes you have to be humble instead of right”. If it wasn’t right there in black and white, I would deny that I said it. Ugh.
I think the problem is that I tend to expect a lot from people. I know it’s not fair – not everyone is like me. And then I get to thinking that when I set the bar that high for somebody else, I set it that high for myself. Yikes. Can I even live up to my own expectations?
To top it all off, I’m studying Matthew right now. We are in Chapter 23, where Jesus is denouncing the religious leaders of his day. Verse 3 nearly jumped off the page and smacked me in the head.
“so practice and observe whatever they tell you— but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.” – Matthew 23:3, English Standard Version.
So, I guess God is trying to teach me something right now.
*Note: As I was writing this, the Today Show was on in the background. They were talking about emotions and how they only last for 8 seconds, anything after that is because you want it to be that way. <sigh>