How not to get your “nose out of joint”

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When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more… (Ruth 1:28) She did not thank Ruth for her incredible sacrifice, give her a hug, tell her that she loved her -nothing, she just shut right up. The good things we do should never be for the purpose of winning the approval of the one we do them for. If this was true for Ruth she would be completely offended  at this point. “Look at all I am doing for her and she doesn’t even have the decency to say thank you!” — When you do the right thing because you serve God it’s much harder to become offended when people don’t appreciate your sacrifice. You are not doing it for them! Because I serve God I can continue to bless people in need whether they appreciate me or not. This is such a liberating position. We are so often controlled by the actions of others. We react to people and our emotions come under their grasp but not so much in this view. People can do whatever they want. They can like me or not like me, appreciate my sacrifice or not it doesn’t matter, I serve God. I love God by loving my neighbor that is all.

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About Dennis Arve Wilkinson

Happily married, blessed with four children, thrilled to have started Meta Communities in 2011. Born in Calgary, raised in Winnipeg, undergraduate education in Wisconsin (NIU) & Seminary education in Minnesota (CBTS). During my time in the Midwest I gained about a dozen years of pastoral experience. It has been my privilege to travel to many parts of the globe and divine providence has smiled on me by allowing me to be mentored by several men of great character over the course of my life time. I am a follower of Jesus - though not without struggle. I am committed to joining God in the restoration of all things by telling, showing, and welcoming people into the good news of God's story. God's story of redemption in Jesus is the best story the human has -- I am letting the better story shape my life and helping others do the same.

Posted on July 24, 2013, in Wrestling with Whatever, Wrestling with Worldviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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