reply to post by windword
What a neat post and what a good question you raise. It tells me I might have misunderstood jiggerj after all.
I'm sure you've run across a poster you wanted to track down, slap a few times, and smash his keyboard. (Who knows, maybe it's me.) But you
didn't, and I don't think you would even if you had his address. There was anger inside of you, but you either forced yourself to be polite or left
a thread you were otherwise interested.
I've got a poster (just one) that I'm still angry at. He insulted me, then called me a liar, and refused to apologize. To this day I will leave
any thread he enters for fear of what I might say. (I know, not very Christian, but I'm working on it.)
Same thing with your customers, you wanted to snarl at them, tell them not to bother you with their ignorant questions, and tell them to saok their
heads for about 15 minutes. But you didn't.
Allow me to get mystical, mushy and extreme for a moment. If someone walked up to Jesus and said "Hey, big boy, how would you like an all you can
eat buffet of pain, suffering, and degradation, topped off with a huge dessert of death?" He would have replied with the ancient hebrew equivalent
of "You're nuts. Get lost." (At least in my mind, He would have said that.)
But His Dad had said "Son, this is what I want from You. Do it out of love for Me and the people." Jesus spent a night alone in the Garden
sweating bullets over that one, but finally said "OK, Dad, this one's for You."
Something similar happens when a soldier throws himself on a grenade, saving lives at the expense of his own.
This isn't done to impress God, get into Heaven, or win Brownie points. It's done out of a love for people and a desire to follow Jesus' example
of love for His Father.
You don't yell at the customers because, fundamentally, you love them and don't want to be the cause of their hurt. A hurt that will eventually
spread to their co-workers, friends, and family. You're falling on the grenade of your anger to save them.
And, if you're familiar with the Bible, you're doing it out of a love for God in the way Jesus did, sacrificing yourself for others and showing love
to the Father.
I knew you we're a neat person. I'm glad to know you.