Are you a busy person rushing from here to there? Would those that know you describe you as someone who is always in a rush, always has much to do. Do you arrive somewhere and immediately you get straight into the task you have arrived to do and ff the process is hampered by others not moving as fast as you would like or expect them to, do you find yourself easily irritated and frustrated?
Have you noticed how transactional our world has become? People are only giving if they can take, giving if they are receiving and often people expect to receive before they give and rarely do they give after they have got what they wanted.
We often feel inconvenienced when our flow is interrupted and we have to spend time exchanging with others when this wasn’t on the ‘to do list’ , we feel annoyed perhaps? and don’t want to stop to chat because do others not know we are people on importance we have places to go, things to do, people to see.
If only we would stop and realise what our busyness is actually saying to the people we rush past, the message that we are sending to others with whom we become irritated with for their hindering our plans.
My husbands late 89-year-old Mom was slow to move and suffering with severe alzheimer’s disease she found it difficult to remember how to move and wherever we took her, it took time to get her from a to b. People would walk up behind us and make disapproving sighs, and even push past us. I would often apologise for our slow pace and usher people past us. One day as I said my sorry and encouraged a woman behind me to go before us that we would wait for her to pass by and not hold her up. She kindly put her arm on mine and said “Please there is no need to be sorry, I will wait. Watching you gently and lovingly help this lady navigate her way is inspiring and I hope if ever I am in need of assistance in my latter years I have someone like you supporting me!”
We often rush around so busy, in a hurry to get stuff done, full of our own self-importance and anyone who is not moving quick enough we can end up feeling annoyed with them and rushing straight past them. What if we were meant to be the one to help them but were to busy to notice?
Jesus once said this:
“Do for others what you want them to do for you.” Luke 6:31
The ‘golden rule’ as it is often referred is to; treat others the way you’d like them to treat you.
However if you go to that chapter and read the whole of what Jesus said, you will quickly discover that He was speaking about how we treat our enemies, those people who treat us badly, those people who steal from us, those people who hurt and offend us, those people who have annoy and irritate us – as my old 89-year-old Mother in law could so easily have done to very busy, important people that often pushed past us.
How we treat people who are not pleasing to us says everything about our relationship with Jesus, the one who suffered and died for you and I, for the whole of humanity.
Do for others what you want them to do for you.
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