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It Happens Every Time

October 27, 2005

It happens every time. Itís happened so often, in fact, that Iíve come to expect it. For years, almost without fail, if there is someone that really grates on my very last nerve, God will put that person directly in my path. Often.

It happened with a neighbor. It happened quite a bit at school. Itís happened at church and itís even happened at work (and no, Iím not talking about any of my Insight coworkers!). Wherever Mr. or Ms. Annoying is, it feels as if God drags me right over to them with a big sign on my forehead saying, ďHere! Talk to this one.Ē

But you know whatís weird? Almost without fail, those people end up becoming my friends. Really! Well, they at least go from fingernails-on-a-chalkboard irritating to, if not always friends, at least tolerable. I just had to get to know them.

I think Godís finally starting to get through to me, because now whenever I find someone that annoys the stuffing out of me, I usually try to seek them out, to have a conversation with them, to find out more about them. Iíve made several friends that way! All it took was getting over myself and my selfish pride to see the person behind the annoying behavior.

Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39, ďLove the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.Ē Iím sure there are probably people who think Iím annoying. I hope they would take the time to get to know the ďrealĒ me before passing judgment. Why should I do any less? And who knows how many new friends are waiting out there? Try it--you might be surprised!

- Re: It Happens Every Time from Kelley, October 28, 2005

While I was in High School there was a girl that I really didnt like. I didnt want anything to do with her. Until one day she spoke to me. I was a little annoyed at first but now we've been the best of friends, almost glued together for the past two or three years. I feel as though God wanted us to be friends, maybe so that He could shine a light in her life through me.

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