During our first week at our new home, I learned something horrifying about the location.
At night …
Creatures crawl out of the lake (on the bright side, we have a lake!) and then …
They hop onto the roads and stupidly sit there, resulting in a bloody froggy massacre every night (And as a bio major, I feel compelled to point out that most of them are actually toads).
And that is why I had to swerve left and right, left and right as I drove home, expertly avoiding frogs while Eric sat in the passenger seat saying, “I hope you’re not going to do this every night.”
My response: “We’ll just have to not drive past a certain time.”
I noticed a group of people walking on the left side of the road with two little kids on bikes, but I didn’t think about what they would think of my slow swerving down the road until I noticed the dad take a couple of longer strides to catch up with his daughter and put his hand on her shoulder, steering her closer to the edge of the road.
“Oops!” I straightened up and scooted further right, making it clear that I would stay on my side and not swerve right into their family. I was so focused on saving frogs that I didn’t think about how it probably looked like I was the new neighborhood drunk. My mind immediately went to the fact that I was making a bad first impression on our new neighbors and how easy it is to let personal circumstances affect our choices and not realize or sometimes even care how it looks to an outside observer.
Ephesians 5: 1 – 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
So, um, that’s a pretty big calling.
To truly “live in love,” we have to put aside our personal circumstances and think about how we appear to others. What are your actions really saying about you? About Christ?
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For example, let’s imagine I have a really bad day so when I get stuck behind an incredibly slow truck on my way home and decide to abuse my car horn privileges, I don’t feel bad at all. In fact, I feel good about getting some of that frustration out … BUT as an imitator of God, I am failing horribly, and that’s not OK.
Listen, God does care if you’re having a bad day but that doesn’t mean He’s going to forgive the bad behavior … well, He will because He always offers forgiveness thanks to Jesus, but you know what I mean
Step outside yourself and think of others before you act.
And on the flip side, be careful about making quick judgments. You may look at someone’s actions and assume they’re a bad person, but it could turn out that they’re just saving frog lives.