“I can’t even explain how frustrated I am with your company right now. I was just on hold for 20 minutes and then got disconnected. DO NOT disconnect me again! I’d like to speak to a supervisor NOW, and NO, I refuse to explain the problem in its entirety for the fourth time before being transferred!”
Disgust dripped from every word I uttered.
This company had messed up a Christmas present for a special person not once, not twice, but three times and now, days after Christmas and multiple broken promises later, there was still no resolution.
I was extremely frustrated and I made darn sure the tone of my voice conveyed it well.
I had every right to be upset. No argument there.
And while stern, I didn’t yell or curse.
Isn’t it acceptable to complain when something isn’t delivered as promised?
When the day finally slowed, I pondered this question as I ran through not only the morning’s conversation, but another later in the day with a different company which didn’t go any better. I was still annoyed that very few people do their job right, and even less care. But in spite of my justification, I felt responsibility weighing on my shoulders.
Let’s back up for a moment…
Back in November I had a word placed firmly on my heart. Show Jesus.
God spoke clearly to me and I instantly knew what he meant. Every word I spoke, every action I took, and every encounter I had should be representative of the Holy Spirit living inside of me, of Jesus who died for me, and of God who loves and cares for me.
It actually sounded pretty simple. I wasn’t supposed to pick and choose WHEN to Show Jesus. I didn’t have to decipher which situations warranted the effort. I just had to do it all the time. Easy enough! But most things sound ‘easy’ when you first get wind of an exciting new idea!
Easy when I’m prepared for this. Easy when I plan to do it. Easy when the environment is conducive to showing Jesus.
Not so much when I’m frustrated. Disappointed. Sad. And especially difficult when I’m caught off guard. THAT’s the worst! Knee-jerk reactions don’t generally reflect my Jesus side. Oh the shameful stories I could share.
The back to back challenging phone calls were clear indicators that I still had a lot of work to do. And I gladly accept the charge. If I had to do it all over again, I would still complain. And still ask for restitution. But I would do so with kinder words, less contempt, and more patience.
Showing Jesus means displaying gentleness, thoughtfulness, empathy, compassion, patience, love, appreciation, gratefulness, and every other good thing you can muster up EVEN when you don’t ‘feel’ like it. What if our kids only did what they FELT like doing? No good would come of that! So we tell our kids they have to do things they don’t feeeeeel like doing because it’s right. Because it’s good for them. Well, God is telling his kids (us!) the same thing! Right is right and wrong is wrong. We are called to do what’s right.
The days since first receiving the word to Show Jesus have been some of the best I’ve had in a long time. I feel newly inspired. Freshly optimistic. And deeply grateful for the opportunity I have to Show Jesus to others. Jesus is, bar none, the greatest gift in my life and it just makes sense to share him with others. It benefits everyone!
And I ask you to do the same.
First, post this picture as your profile on social media – for an hour, a day, a week, or for as long as you’d like.
Second, DO IT! Show Jesus daily, in every word, action, and encounter.
Individually we can make a difference, but together, with a combined effort, we can reach so many more.
I’m over-the-top encouraged with this word and I pray you feel my enthusiasm. And that it’s infectious! Contagious! Together, let’s make an effort to SHOW JESUS and spread the goodness like wildfire!
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