“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
– Colossians 4:5-6
Standing in a long line in the grocery store or coffee shop can become irritating- especially if you're pressed for time. Many times I've observed people, clearly irritated with the wait, who take out their anger on the retail worker or coffee clerk. Speaking from personal experience as a retail worker, it's so very frustrating when someone is yelling at you for something completely out of your control. Regardless of whether you are working behind the counter, or are a fellow customer waiting in line, your impression of the upset customer remains the same: grumpy, rushed, irritable, and unconcerned with anyone's feelings but his/her own.
Observant people in the community often notice the little things that frustrate us, rush us, or stress us out. As Christians we are supposed to reflect Christ in all that we do. Giving in to the small frustrations of life can give others a bad lasting impression of Christianity. No matter what the day has thrown at us, our circumstances shouldn't cause us to reflect Christ poorly to other people. Unlikely circumstances can stand as opportunities to let Christ shine through us if we are open to let Him.
Lord, help us in situations where we would normally be irritated to be calm and levelheaded. Allow us to keep perspective in all our circumstances, big or small. Help us live for Your glory and allow You to shine through in all we do and say in life. Amen.