Last New Year’s Eve my Resolution for 2011 was a scripture, ” To love the Lord (My) God with all my heart and (My) neighbor as myself. “Mark 12:30 and 31 I really tried to put this into practice throughout the year, but discovered that this is not an easy thing to do. I truly believe that this is a worthy resolution and one that I need to continue applying this year. I think that I may have recently discovered a key that will help me in being more successful in reaching this goal in 2012.
The Friday before Christmas I was visiting with my daughter and granddaughters. I went upstairs with Cooper, one of my granddaughters who needed some help making her bunk-beds and straightening up. As we were putting clothes on hangers, a very loud vehicle passed the house, turned around in the cul de sac, passed the house again and then parked in front of a house down the street. My granddaughters’ reaction was surprising, as she has such a sweet loving spirit. “I hate that guy! He always does that. He drives up and down the street making so much noise.” My response to her was that “hate” was a very strong word and that I was sure that although his behavior was upsetting to her, she really did not hate him.
My youngest granddaughter, Cassi, was also in the room. As you know from previous postings, she has taught me much and the words that came out of her mouth that morning were the key to my understanding why I had not been as successful keeping my 2011 New Year’s Resolution, as I had hoped to.
“Cooper”, she said kindly, ” Maybe he is just learning to drive and is practicing. He can’t help it that his car is old”.
What was the key? MERCY! Cassi saw beyond the noise of his car and offered him MERCY.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Michah 6:8
So in 2012, I hope to be able to see everyone who I am attempting to love as myself, with Cassi’s eyes, eyes full of Mercy.