I dreaded having to spend time with the people - not just any people, but a certain set of people, who they are isn't important. On this particular week I was scheduled to spend potentially three days with the people. That naturally lead me to a big debate could I endure three settings? Could I do so with a good attitude...I didn't think I could. And if I couldn't do it with a good attitude, wouldn't I hurt my witness to Jesus? So not to damage His reputation, I was better off NOT going the "elected" day - which happened to be the middle day of the visits.
Then I began reading my the next book on my list: When People Are Big and God Is Small by Ed Welch. This quote made me look at the circumstances in a new light - Thank you God for setting my heart up to hear the message.
"Do you avoid people? If so, even though you might not say that you need people, you are still controlled by them. Isn't a hermit dominated by the fear of man?"
God labeled my temptation not to go as avoidance and said that I'm controlled by them. It was hard for me to wrap my head around at first.
What I wanted to avoid more wasn't the people, it was the ugliness that came out of me while around them. I would be easily frustrated, lacked compassion,
Thank you Papa for answered prayer. Thank you for revealing what was really happening around the people, that it isn't their fault (oh how my dead sinful nature loves to blame others!) Now that You've shown me, I can offer it up as a sacrifice. It's no longer OK for me to avoid my ugliness by avoiding the people. I submit to the Holy Spirit's leading. I want and desire to follow. You give me the strength to follow. Thank you as well that You've already proven it true, You already helped me have a better attitude, one of love.