someone i hadnt talked to in a long time called me to fill me in on something i didn’t know.
someone i had so much respect for, it turns out, lied to me, several times, strung me along, and then did something hurtful to me and others.
the person on the phone asked how should i feel about this? and then, how do you feel about this?
and because it’s Christmas Eve, and because i love the Good Book because it shows humans being humans and good people sometimes being less than good, i know how to react to this.
sometimes in the Bible, God does something that is rarely talked about. He hardens people’s hearts. meaning, the good person would normally be all sweet and honest and transparent and welcoming, but suddenly acts out of character because God wants them to.
since none of us are God it’s hard to speculate why he wants them to act cruelly, but usually it’s not about them, it’s about our reaction to that curveball. sometimes God wants to watch us do the right thing in spite of the situation.
and thats what we should do here. the right thing. and the right thing is to love this person and love all the people. especially when they’re lost.
it’s easy to be cool when everythings cool, but sometimes, i think, he wants to see if we will act ugly when ugly things come our way.
pleasantly surprise him.
life is short. surround yourself with people who act honorably around you. and when they fail, as we all do, forgive them and move on.
you have no idea what they’re going through or how badly they need a second chance. give it to them.