Who’re You Going to Hate? (by Hannah Alexander)

 

I’d like to think it isn’t in my nature to actually want to hate someone at all times, but really? Maybe it’s there. It’s easier, at times, to complain about someone or something than it is to praise.

A lot of neighbors in town really hate these deer because they live in town and eat everything that isn’t nailed down or behind a sturdy fence. I can’t speak to that, myself, since I’m not a gardener. I prefer the deer, but please don’t tell my neighbors that!

It’s also easier to complain about things that are happening right now than it is to count my blessings. I’ve caught myself a few times lately saying that I “hated” such and such. And I’ve said it about more than one thing more than one time. And when I’ve caught myself, I’ve realized that in that moment, I was personally placing a curse on that particular object. I don’t like myself when I do that.

Mel and I decided many years ago to stop complaining when a car cut us off in traffic. I had to really watch my mouth. But as we’ve read in the Bible, “Let your yea be yea and your nay be nay.” So picture us trying hard to be good and yelling out the window at the poor driver, “Nay!”

Not as satisfying as I’d hoped, but if you can stick you that, you’ll probably be better off.

I want to stop being a complainer. I remind myself that the Israelites grumbled against God and were stuck in the desert for 40 years. Or they were just struck down. Even though these aren’t Old Testament times, I think erring on the side of caution is wise. Now to just DO THAT–bless instead of cursing, count blessings instead of hating–and I think we’ve got this year fixed. Right?

 

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4 Responses to Who’re You Going to Hate? (by Hannah Alexander)

  1. I like how you said if we said “Nay!” if we are upset, because Christ said “Let your yea be yea…” How simple our lives would be if we could just keep our words few especially if they won’t be nice.
    May we all get better at seasoning our words with salt in LOVE.

    Blessings to you.

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  2. I am sorry. I read this last week but got distracted and forgot to comment! Thank you for this reminder! It is much needed. I think traffic in particular is something that brings out the worst in many of us. Incidentally, I like the deer that we see in our area too. We do have a garden, but they don’t usually disturb it since we also have dogs.

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  3. Thank you, Bridget! I have had to learn to calm down in our town. I think we live too far from any ocean and don’t get enough iodine. People in our small town often will pull onto a street, forget what they were doing, and just sit there. Or will stop to take a picture of a deer a half block from our house–while I’m behind them. Oh, and we don’t have dogs, we have cats. Data, my 15 year old baby, will get between me and the deer and chatter at them threateningly. He hates it when they sniff him.

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