Fence Post of Faith June-2015

 

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matt. 5:5NKJV 

 

Two ranchers walked into a convenient store to buy a Sunday paper, and the store clerk treated them rudely. One of the rancher’s, after paying, looked directly at the clerk with a grin and said, “I hope you have a great day today.”

  As they were leaving his friend said, “Is that clerk always that rude?”           

“Every single day,” the other said.                                                                                     

“Well, are you always that nice?”                                                                                                       

“Every single day.”                                                                                                            

This puzzled his friend, so he asked why.                                                                              

“I’ve made up my mind that I’m not going to let one person ruin my day,” was the answer.                                                                                                                                  

He had decided not to give control of his mood or attitude to anyone else. That convenient store clerk had every right to be rude and obnoxious, but everyone he mistreated also had the right to keep being happy, kind, and friendly.

 

    When you encounter people who are poisoned inside, don’t let it rub off on you. If you sink down to their level and you’re cold and rude back to  them, you’ve allowed them to contaminate you. Rise above that. Be a part of the solution, not the problem. You overcome evil with good. If somebody is rude to you, just bless them, smile and keep moving forward.

 

     Jesus put it this way: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”. When we hear the word meek, many times we think of someone who is weak, shy and reserved, just a fearful little person. The image is the meek people can’t stand up for themselves and everyone runs over them. That’s not meek at all. Meekness is not weakness. It’s strength under control.

 

    Meekness is like that Bug’s Alive Stud owned by Garry Ferguson who was a very awesome barrel horse and well broke. His Stud is still strong, still powerful, and has just as much speed as before he was broke. The only difference is, now the strength is under control. You can walk up to him, pet him, lead him around, a good rider can probably get on him bareback. But don’t be fooled. He has the same power, the same tenacity; he’s just learned how to control it when he was broke by Garry.

 

      When you’re a meek person, you don’t go around trying to straighten everybody out. You don’t respond to every critic. People may be talking about you, but you don’t let it bother you.

 

      You may have the power to straighten them out. You may feel like giving them a piece of your mind. Your emotions may tell you, Get in there. Pay them back. Get Even. Instead, listen to what the apostle Paul told his protégé Timothy: “Be calm and cool and steady”. He was saying, in other words, “Don’t give away your power. Keep your strength under control.”

 

Thought for the Month

 

Keep your strength under control. It’s not how proud you are, or how many people you straighten out, or how you can prove yourself. If you argue with a critic and try to prove yourself, all you’re doing is sinking to his or her level. Don’t fall into that trap. You are a winner. You can rise above it.

 

Jeff Metcalf