Frequently, when I'm finding a brother or sister in Christ to be irritating, the words from Galatians 6:1-4 come to my mind. I think about how God tells me that when someone gets caught up in sin, I'm to help the person and to refrain from being prideful because I could just as easily fall into the same sin.
Sometimes in church people can be annoying. Just recently I had such a situation. A lady at my church of whom I am quite fond, a woman who has on several occassions gone out of her way to extend friendliness and welcome toward me, surprised me by her rigid attitude.
The situation was that we live in a very small town (posted population 3,500) and attend a small church. For what I'm guessing is just about forever, there have been two AM Sunday services at that church. The interim pastor decided to combine the services and have one Sunday AM service. There weren't enough child care volunteers to produce quality children's ministry during both services and the building was scantily filled at each service. By combining to one service the service is filled and there are enough workers to produce a quality children's program. But this dear one was complaining and even saying that she is going to ask people to join her in not attending that one service in protest; I was shocked. I thought to myself of how much I love this woman but how totally unyeilding she is to change and about how sometimes change can be a good thing.
But then I had to look at myself and ask - how open to change am I? Do I insist that things stay the way that is comfortable for me? I know that I want to be a person who goes with God's flow and doesn't become unyeilding - but am I?
What about you, are you flexible to change or is it difficult for you?
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