Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Sandpaper Strategy

Do you have those people in your life that are just tough to love and deal with? I certainly do! I struggle at times ministering to many of the college students that I work with, and even at times, my family and friends. It is hard to practice patience and kindness to those challenging people in our lives. It can be easy to try to insulate ourselves from these people and surround ourselves with people we enjoy - usually people that make us feel good.

In my study this week in Living Beyond Yourself, God really challenged me through one of my favorite passages of scripture in James 1. God's word teaches us that trials and difficulties refine us and produce steadfastness or patience which helps complete what is lacking in us.

Beth Moore describes those tough relationships like sandpaper rubbing together. It is uncomfortable and rough, but with time and consistent contact, will smooth out. God uses that friction in our lives to grow us. My first reaction is to avoid that discomfort, but God is revealing to me that I am called to connect with those frustrating people He places in my path for their growth, as well as mine.

Join me in applying God's "sandpaper strategy" to your life. Can you think of that person God has placed in your life that is a big challenge for you? Do not run from this opportunity for you to be "made complete, lacking nothing."

6 comments:

janiswrites said...

It is sooo hard to deal with relationships like that, but it will refine us if we will do it as God wills. I want God to refine me, but it is sometimes painful, isn't it? Patience is something that you need in all areas of your life, but it is something that is hard to achieve unless God gives it to us. Blessings!

Lisa writes... said...

And it seems the more I determine to love that "sandpaper person" the rougher the grit becomes, if you know what I mean! The challenge for me is to choose to love in the same way my God loves me, unreservedly and without condition!

Jane said...

oh, we all have sandpaper people (and I am sure I am one to someone too!!! :) ) - great concept though, I love this idea....thanks for sharing it Kelly.

Deidre said...

I love this post, Kelly. It reminds me of my relationship with my SIL that I posted about. As well as others. Thanks for sharing.

Candy said...

great post :)

Susanne said...

That reminds me of my very first pastors. When they first came to the Lord they used to call each other "Buffy" and "Sandy" just because of this Sandpaper Strategy! :v)