I have lived in so many different places, seen many groups of people who were church members, or school mates, and finally my dream of getting married and raising my children in one place, going through school with the same friends and never having to move until they did it because they wanted to stand on their own, not because a committee of men told them it was time. The reason I have said that is because I have observed something I want to share with you, and to ask you a question.
I guess there are only so many different types of personalities and in every group of people in the many places we lived I could always see someone I had known before embodied in a person with a different name. I learned to know who the person is you will always be able to count on, the ones you want to avoid and the people you know you will become fast friends with quickly. I always gravitated to the ones who made me laugh, and always someone I could completely be myself with. As an aside I have found it humorous in the past few years to see someone the grocery store that only knew me from seeing on the stage at church or teaching a class. They always act surprised to see me buying such mundane things as toilet paper and dish washing detergent. I had one young man tell me he just never thought about me having to go to the grocery store. I laughed and wondered how he thought I kept food on the family table. But I digress, back to my point. In any group there is always one person you know is going to complain about everything, if you go out to eat the waitress is always the worst, the food is not good, their order gets sent back and they have always got an ailment that you will hear about in detail. I always give that type my undivided attention and prayers but they are not the ones I want to “hang” with, as the kids say, those I will call the negatives. Then there are the people who will laugh through anything, everything is always going to be alright no matter what they are going through and when your time with them is over you are happier than you were before you saw them, they are the positives. In between those two definite types are a lot of people who are mixtures, people you instinctively like and some that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and you don’t know why.
What I am wondering is, who are you? Are you a positive or a negative? Do people enjoy seeing you coming toward them or do you get the feeling they are shrinking hoping you won’t see them? Just food for thought.
Proverbs 21:19 Better to live in a tent in the wild than with a cross and petulant spouse.
Proverbs 26:21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
My hope is that when you think of me, you smile.