My friend, Shirley Corder, posted this on Facebook.
Where to start is an interesting question. How do we manage to work together with diverse people, some of whom we may not like at all?
After all, there is the co-worker who continually drums his/her fingers on the desk while talking with you. You can’t hear what he/she is saying for the throbbing. And when you’re finished with the conversation, you have developed a screaming headache.
Then there is the naysayer, the person who always throws cold water on any suggestion you might make.
And we have the whiner, the person who knows someone who tried this and had terrible results.
Moreover there is the constant talker, the one who never hears anything anyone else says.
There is a way to overcome these obstacles, but we have to go back to the beginning. “In the beginning, God…” God is our answer, not in some distant esoteric way, but in a very tangible way. The trick is to see what God sees in that person.
God designed each of us with a purpose in mind. He has a plan for your life and mine. His plans for my life have not yet been fulfilled, and I’m willing to bet that your life is in a similar state of incompleteness. But God sees us through the lens of His Son and His plans for us. He doesn’t consider our faults and shortcomings as part of His finished product.
Now, all we need do is ask Him to let us see others as He sees them. He sees them, as well as us, through the eyes of a loving father. Despite our infidelities to His purpose, He loves us still. He loves them as well.
God doesn’t shine a floodlight on our faults and foibles. He illuminates them one by one so that we can amend them. There is an old saying “Life is hard by the yard. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.” So He lets us take one step at a time toward becoming who He intended us to be. We need to extend that same patience and grace to others.
If we can learn to see others as God sees them, I believe we will be able to work together successfully. At least it’s a start.
Do you agree? or not?