This is one of those mornings when I just couldn’t drag myself out of bed on time. Most of the time it’s not a problem to sleep in a little, but this morning, Steve is up. He’s sitting beside me on the couch insatiably talking and cracking corny jokes.
I’m trying my best not to laugh at him because I don’t want to encourage his juvenile behavior. However, when he cracks one of his “jokes” he cracks himself up, and I get tickled at him being so tickled. I even found myself chiming in on the “song” he was making up. I like to fancy myself quite hilarious, so when I get caught up in Steve’s corniness, I later find myself disgusted at the fact that I stooped to such a level for a laugh. I have certain standards, and when I let those standards fall, I feel as though I’ve let myself and God down.
Then God reminds me that there are times when we have to do things, that are clearly out of our comfort zones, to help those around us feel loved and accepted. It’s not letting down my standards, or disappointing God when I laugh at Steve’s corny jokes! It’s proving to my husband that I’m able to accept and love him for who he is, warts and all. It’s actually showing God that I can love like Jesus! Thank you Lord for being so patient with me, and for constantly teaching me new things, and for making me so darn funny!
On a serious note, there really will be times in our Christian walk, when we may have to put ourselves around people, and in situations we don’t exactly consider ideal. Not to say that we stoop to their level, or lower our standards, but how will we reach those who don’t know Jesus if we never encounter them? On another serious note, Steve REALLY IS funny! Maybe not to MY level, but he’s pretty darn funny. 🙂
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it! 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23