Now, even though I'm a Barbra fan, some days I would not concur with this song. Why is that? Because a lot of days, people drive me nuts. The lyrics to my song on these days would go..."People, frustrating, crazy people...can you please go away and leave me be."
As a Christ follower, this attitude does not speak well of me. It obviously needs to be adjusted. I want to love people. I want to truly care about folks. Everyday. I want to love unlovable people. The ones who are rude to me, or impatient with me, or think differently than I do. But I have come to the conclusion I cannot accomplish this sometimes horrifically hard feat on my own. I need His help. Look at what I Cor. 13:1-3 says in the Message...
"If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don';t love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I day, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love."
I heard this quote recently and God used it to hit me hard upside the head. The quote was "People are in our lives to bring out the "real" in us." If this is true, then the "real" me, on some days, is not very pretty. Most of my struggle with people is internal. I don't normally go around voicing my frustrations, irritations or basic lack of interest...but on the inside my thoughts are sometimes apathetic and not kind and loving. Wow...I can't believe I am actually talking about this. But as I thought about what to blog about, I thought maybe I'm not alone. Perhaps you deal with a "lack of love" in your life too.
If Jesus was right when He said the world would know us by our love, and I'm pretty sure He was, then I better come to terms with the fact that even my internal struggle with loving folks is sin. If I'm gonna call myself His daughter, I better love better. On the inside as well as the outside. People push who we truly are to the forefront. When I get pushed, I want love to come out...not apathy, frustration or irritation. Love.
So back to Barbra's song...I want the lyrics to my life song to be these..."People, let me show you Jesus...let me love you so you can love Him too." Sing it with me.