In the movie, Forest Gump, Forest says this phrase: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you’ll get.” I’ve heard an add onto that which stated that some are full of nuts and I couldn’t agree more. There are sometimes I really wonder how we’ve survived this long and that God hasn’t said ‘Enough’ and wiped us all out. You know what I mean. You are driving down the highway and the person has their left turn signal on in the left lane and then decides to get off on the exit to the right. Crossing three lanes while still having their left turn signal on. Or how about the person in the 15 items or less checkout with 100 items and 50 coupons. Don’t get me started on what people post on Facebook or other Social Media sites. There are times I just want to shake my head and say “You’ve got to be kidding!”
The thing is we have to remember that we’ve been called into this nutty world. We have been called to love those unlovable, frustrating, make you wish you had a flying car, drivers. Jesus said that “In this world you will have trouble” and I believe He was talking about those lane crosses, check stand jammers and social media junkies.Did you realize that it’s our reaction to these types of trouble that is judged by the world. It’s not if we go to Church or use Churchy language. It’s not how nice we look, what we drive or even our checkbook balance. You and I are judged by our Love. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”” John 13:35 NIV And lest you think that means we only have to love those within the Church don’t forget what Jesus said in Matthew 5:44-45 NIV
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:44-45 NIV
So the next time you run into one of those box of chocolate nuts remember to react in and with Love.