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Topic: Hunger (11/08/04)
TITLE: More Please!
By Jean Boulmay
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When someone tailgates me while I am driving, instead of shooting them my famous dirty look, help me to remember, I do not know what is going on in their lives. Maybe they are in a hurry to get home to a sick child, or maybe they are angry because they lost a much-needed job. Please give me a helping of patience. Oh, I just remembered…cell phones, would you make that a double helping!
When that attractive woman down the street, who is ten years younger, and fifty pounds lighter, flirts with my husband… I need….Lord, I need an EXTRA large serving of kindness, patience, and maybe a little humor.
There are times when people treat me like I don’t exist. I would like a serving of humility. I just know this will work better than reciting all of my accomplishments, which I have already tried, but no one seems to hear. The humility will help keep me focused on you, instead of striving to impress other people.
When Aunt Marge and I have a pleasant conversation, and I find out later she has twisted my words into a powerful weapon that hurts those I love, please, please give me a serving of forgiveness. I would appreciate the portion size to be large enough, so that when I lift her up in prayer, it is with sincerity.
The widow lady I met last week is in need of a friend. Will you give me compassion for her needs and wants? I am asking for a caring attitude, to take the place of the impatience and selfishness that I have been feeling. Please give me a helping of joy too. I would like for her to know that it gives me joy to have the privilege to visit with her, and to be of assistance when needed.
When the wealthy, older gentleman from church acts superior to those less fortunate, I would like a serving of SOMETHING to eliminate my judgmental thoughts. I am not sure what to ask for, but I need something that will also cover my feelings that he is shallow, and not showing traits of a Christian.
…..Lord, I’ve been thinking. Maybe it is me that needs changing. Will you just fill me with love? If I have love, I will have everything I need.