Friday, November 14, 2008

So, does anyone else have that one person in your life who just loves to push your buttons? You know, the one who has to play games, get you riled up or is just outright rude and unkind at times? And you can't avoid them because they are part of your life and here to stay. Well, the other day I woke up with just such a person on my mind and was contemplating what revenge I would exact were I brave enough to do so, (just kidding!)when I saw this quote on charity I had posted near my computer (perhaps for such a time as this).

"Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don't judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt, or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone's differences and weaknesses and shortcomings, having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another's weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other."
Marvin J. Ashton

But if that weren't enough, I then clicked on that day's edition of "Latter-day Light" and found the following:

"But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you"
Matthew 5:44-45
Hmmmm. A message perhaps? And in the mouth of two witnesses even. Although I wouldn't call the person in my life an ememy, they do cause me on occasion some grief. But after reading the above scripture and quote, I felt sufficiently chastised. So, just in case there is someone else out there struggling with these same emotions . . .here is a thought for your journey. :-)


Dave and Camille said...

Haha... glad you decide to not exact your revenge after all. Great quotes! :)

Terri said...

That is very nice. I have had the same thought process at times!

jennyfarley said...

Thanks for reminding me of that quote. I needed it. I am also glad you didn't get revenge because it would never have been worth the trouble you would have gotten into. :-)