Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Are you among the many people who get upset when friends or family members are either very slow in responding or else totally ignore your texts, calls, or email messages? I have heard many voice their frustrations about them to others, not realizing at the same time that they are only adding to the bad reputation these folks were already building for themselves. I understand that many of us are selective about whose calls, texts, or emails we respond to, but I'm not referring to telemarketers and such; I'm talking about family and friends. Whenever someone responds to one of my attempted calls a day or two late, I usually jokingly tell them that I had wanted them to take me to the hospital but that I'm alright now. Although the folks who are lax in responding to calls or messages are generally good people, in doing so, they sometimes make others feel unimportant or else leave them with the impression that they don't care about them.
Perhaps, this matter bothers us more because we have become spoiled. We're so used to always getting a quick response whenever we call upon the Lord. In Isaiah 65:24 God said Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Psalm 34:15 tells us that The eyes of the Lord are ever upon the righteous and his ears are open to their cry. This issue may also trouble more those who are careful to quickly respond when others try to contact them. They can't relate nor understand, and tend to foolishly believe that everybody is like them, that is, until reality smacks them in the face.
As children of God, lets all make an effort to quickly respond when others try to contact us. We don't want them to get discouraged or lose trust and confidence in us. After all, we are better than that. More importantly, we would want to be more like our Heavenly Father and be better representatives of Him.
Memory verse for the week: (Hebrews 13:5 KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have : for He hath said , I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.