Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Frustrated and Irritated

What is it about me that wants everything in life to be fair and just? Sometimes I just want to shake somebody or at least, slap some sense into them.

I need to show more compassion and more mercy.

When a wrong is done, I need to not worry about fixing it, and making sure the person doing the wrong knows that it's wrong.

Do you know how hard that is for me? 

I'm thinking ... "Wake up, people! Do you not see that this is an injustice? Are you oblivious to the fact that this is wrong and unfair?"

I should be thinking ... "It's not my responsibility to judge someone else's decisions."

Beau always says this and it's so true ... "God will not hold you accountable for so-and-so's (fill in name here) decisions, but will hold you accountable for your reaction to those decisions."

That's hard, people.

When I want God to act with justice, He just shows compassion.

I know, I know. Thank God that He acts this way toward me because I've got a lot of stuff He should deal harshly with me about, but again, He shows mercy and compassion.

(Note to self: Keep mouth shut.)


Rachel said...

Jonah had the same issue with wanting justice and getting compassion. Must be human nature. :)

Beau has some very wise advice. I need to write that down for myself.

Praying for you and your peace of mind, sister!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Boy do I know what you are saying. I have been so convicted lately to focus on my responses to things. Some times they haven't been very great - and that is MY responsibility, not the issues i can't do any thing about.

Great thought provoking post.

Sara@ Butterville said...

We are twin minds today! Although shaking would have been KIND to what I was thinking! Throttle comes to mind.
Oh sometimes that Spirit is NOT what we'd like to be listening too eh?

Windy said...

Words I live by are "Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth!"

Hope it gets better.

thedomesticfringe said...

It's kinda funny you should write this today. An extreme wrong was done to our family and it involved our kids...not that anything bad happened to them, but a great dissapointment came from someone else's mistake (wronge-doing) It just wasn't fair. Everyone we know got up in arms over telling a million things we should do - take it to papers, call every organization possible, etc. Anyway, it's been a month and we just got a phone call yesterday saying that they (this organization) is sorry. They were totally at fault and will refund all our money. It was like God showed justice, but we had to wait for His timing and blow our stacks waiting. I feel so good...not even about the money so much, but that I was able to tell my kids that they called to apologize for the error.

Aspiemom said...

A great post, Ma. Something we all deal with at times and can relate to, also.

I like what Beau told you. I used to say that, but it seems like a long time ago so I needed the reminder.

The nerve of us, wanting to take over God's job so often!

sara said...

I always tell me kids, you can't choose what other people do, but you can choose how you respond. Easier said than done though at times!

BaronessBlack said...

JFK said "Forgive your enemies but don't forget their names".
This helped me a lot to try and be compassionate towards people; but people reap what they sow, and sometimes it comes back round to bite them. There is a strange nobility in being able to view this process from a distance and even offer help to people who have wronged you, knowing that it was entirely their own doing! You should not, must not, interfere with the divine plan – there are bigger forces at work, and we should let them do what they need to!

Andrea @ Mommy Snacks said...

Yes, but keeping our mouth shut is so much easier said than done :-) I love visiting you here !!!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

So very hard to keep my mouth shut sometimes. Pretty sure we all struggle with this, especially when the wrongdoing is so in your face. But...your hubby is right....wise words.