I have a daily "Inspiration and Motivation" book that I keep at my desk.
The other morning after a particularly difficult meeting, I was reading that days bit of wisdom.
It made me laugh and it made me think. It said:
"Lord, help me get along with the difficult people in my life...especially those who are probably praying this prayer about me right now!"
It made me realize that, to others, I may be the difficult person in their lives. I don't think that makes a very good witness for Christ. I need to do better about seeing the other person's perspective and thinking before I speak. These are not my gifts.
I can be stubborn, hard headed and opinionated. And back East, where I grew up, that was OK. But in the Midwest, it is not.
I will remember my little prayer above and do better in the days and weeks ahead. How about you?