The #BigRead13 Day 11
You can find day 11’s post from the #BigRead13 here.
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We’re asked to ponder today our quirks – what is it about us that most annoys others? Accompanying the Biblical text above is a tip from The Screwtape Letters wherein Screwtape advises Wormwood as to how to make a married couple wind each other up deliberately. Perhaps you’d like to post in the comments below the ways in which I annoy you, dear reader? Without thinking about it too much, I’d have thought my trying to know something about everything; my tendency to be defensive and then to wallow in an assumption that I am the lowest of the low might be up there.
How do we face up to this? How can prayer help?
Lord, I pray that I offer understanding of others – when they annoy me, allow me to understand that often their way of doing things and saying things is as good as, or even better, than mine. Lord, help me to realise too that my ways may annoy others – help me to guard against doing this deliberately. and to notice when I’m doing it, and to try and change my ways.
Perhaps it even comes back to the point the other day about the name of Jesus. Sometimes we really do mean “Oh God, give me strength”.