1. Girl smacking her gum and popping bubbles in church.
2. Woman shaking her head during worship in irritation of the hymn not being sung the traditional way.
3. A guy's hair overly gelled.
4. Almost running over a pedestrian walking in the street outside of the bike lane.
5. Girl chomping on her Pringles during class.
6. A lady throwing me my food shoving me through the Drive-Thru at Taco Bell.
7. Sitting in stand-still traffic on Shaw, when I need to be at work.
8. Annoyed with co-workers not doing their job.
9. Several dropped AT&T calls.
10. Bothered with how fast a professor teaches.
11. Too many annoying 'Debbie Downers' posting on social media.
12. Irritated by the lack of focus by a student.
13. Ungrateful people.
14. I cringe at the way people sip their drinks.
15. Blisters on both feet caused by every shoe I wore this week.
The list above is all the situations that aggravated me this week. After breaking down several times I was reminded of the story in the Bible, Jesus & The Sermon on the Mount. In everything, Jesus felt compassion. It didn't matter who wronged him, accused him, or said evil things against him. He came to serve others, not to be served. As disciples we are called to serve as well.
It's about my kingdom and my happiness, right? Wrong.
It's a personal problem. A heart issue.
It can be so easy to point the finger and say that it's them not I. God doesn't intend for it to be me, my, and I. We are to be others focused and allow Christ to rein through us. I have been anxiously waiting all week for Friday. After counting the days, hours and minutes, the weekend finally arrived. I came home to find out I received a card from a unknown person thanking me for blessing them in a way I didn't even realize. I am convinced this was the Lords way of reminding me of the gift of generosity and to soften my heart. It was definitely a wake-up-call. Generosity is unnatural. Think about when you were a child. Your parents didn't teach you to be selfish. It's easy for every child to say "mine". Instead, they taught us to share. Selfishness doesn't bring peace. Life is found when we give it away. Matthew 10:39 says it best... "He who finds his life will lose it. He who loses his life will find it through me".
It's so easy to let the little things in life frustrate us. It's also easy to forget the importance of life, how and why we are blessed. Take whatever you have, whether it be big or little, give it to Jesus, then give it away.