After a whole summer of rain and red tide, we finally got to spend some time at the beach. The red tide is still around, but the wind has pushed it away from the shore of the beach that I like to go to. Most people don’t know that it has cleared, so it’s empty. I got all my necessities packed and walked out to the beach. I found the perfect place to set up and get comfortable. I see a few people down about a mile, just the way I like it, me, Jesus, and the shorebirds. Then, out of the corner of my eye I see people, “yep, there are people.” I’m okay with it until they set up right next to me, as if the beach were crowded and the only place they could find was fifteen feet from me! “Seven miles of beach and this is the spot you choose? Where is your beach etiquette?” I was listening to a sermon, so I turned it up a little, not really, I turned it up a lot! It didn’t phase them at all, and they proceeded to get comfortable. As I was complaining to my friends in a private beach group, I noticed the verse of the day that my friend had posted:
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16.
“Well, that was a kick in the pants!” I got over it. They enjoyed their day and so did I. The lesson is this: 1. Be careful with your thoughts. God heard me and responded! 2. Love people even if they rub you the wrong way. 3. It’s your attitude that makes the difference.