Saturday, August 11, 2007

Accepting Others

As we gear up to flock to Dallas from all around the country for the ACFW Conference, many are in anticpation wondering what to expect, excited to meet old friends, and hoping for a break through for the future of their writing careers. There will be numerous personalities from all walks of life with various experiences and a wide range of ages. While we'll all have Jesus in common, our praise and worship preferences and bibilical interpretations may be different.

How do we beat insecurities, jealousies, discomfort, offenses, fatique and all the things many will experience on a personal and emotional level? We need to remember to walk in love. I'd like to share a short devotional from God's Words of Life by Susan Lenzkes.

Some people have a way of making themselves at home. They don't ring the front doorbell. They slip in the back. They don't care if there's clutter on the floor. They'll either help you pick it up, or step over it to pour you each a cup of coffee.

How do these people do it? Perhaps the key to the back door of our hearts is simply acceptance--the kind of love that would just as soon hug you in a tattered bathrobe as in your Sunday best.

Such people leave behind their expectations of how others should be and what they should do. To them, every person is buried treasure to be discovered and enjoyed. Differences are a source of delight. Evaluations, judgments and makeovers are not their job. Loving acceptance is.

When such a person takes me into her heart, it is certain that she cannot stay long out of mine.

I'm looking forward to meeting and being with my writer sisters in Christ. God bless you!

5 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this, Jenn. Wonderful words for daily living. Thanks.

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  2. Jenn,
    Great words. Sounds like a good devotional.
    The ACFW conference is truly a blessing.

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  3. Jenn -
    What a treasure your post is! And the words of the devotional hit close to home. You can learn a lot about a person by witnessing how they handle others.

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  4. I loved Susan's words, Jenn. Thanks for sharing!

    Missy

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  5. I think we all desperately desire unconditional love and accetance. Remembering this when we are in the "heat" of something allows the other person to be accepted. Thank you, Jennifer

    Angie

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