Sunday, July 31, 2016

Being Annoyed

“Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.”  --Proverbs 12:16

Lexi annoys cats. She doesn’t chase cats, but she can’t leave them alone. If we see a cat while we’re walking, Lexi wants to approach it. She tries to sniff it and greet it. Cats don’t like that. They back away and hunker down under a car or bush. Sometimes they hiss at her. Once a cat batted Lexi on the nose. That surprised her! I sympathize with the cats. No one wants to be annoyed. But when we are annoyed, how do we react? Do we lash out at the person who annoys us? Or can we overlook the irritation, the bother, the nuisance, the offence? I steer Lexi away from cats if I spot one first, but God won’t necessarily steer annoying people away from us. Instead, we have to find a way to cope with the annoyances who cross our path. The wisest cats are accomplished at ignoring things.

Dear God, Teach me to overlook annoyances, irritations, and insults. Amen

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