It’s been a long day, your hot and you just want to get home and take off your sandals and prop your feet up; then it happens, of all days there is a “Camel Jam”. The intersection is blocked because someone’s camel decided to stop and lay down in the middle of the road. Who knows what actually happened maybe someone got hurt, maybe there is something that you could do to help, but instead you are fuming. Why can’t this crazy camel driver just get out of your way so you can get home?
Has this happened to you? Not with camels of course, but you have come up on an accident and without any regard to the people in the accident or that is blocking traffic or even driving slow on the interstate you feel that anger deep inside.
I think Matthew was trying to tell us that we must control how we react to the things around us in:
Matthew 12:34-37 (MSG)
“You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
Today Tommy wants us to look at the times that we have reacted badly to a situation, not just on the road, but in life in general. We can choose how we will react to the world around us. (para. Newberry, 25-27 40 days to a Joy-Filled Life)
Think about this the next time you see a camel, I mean a car, do something that you don’t like.
Joy to you,
Universal Messenger of Joy