And yet it is often the people who aren’t easy to love that need love the most.
I have someone in my life like that right now. Tough to love. We saw this person in a restaurant a couple of weeks ago and I found myself eating with my head down… hoping this person wouldn’t see me.
This person has an annoying personality. This person lingers to long, laughs to loud, and has the unbelievable characteristic of showing up at the most inconvenient times.
I am sad.
I am sad that I feel this way.
I am sad because this person is lonely. This person’s spouse died two years ago and the bank sent this person a foreclosure letter the next day. This person is tolerated at best by most people… and knows it. This person has no one with whom to create a budget, watch a movie, eat a meal, take a walk, or pray with. This person is alone.
This person has turned to me and my family. I have been polite but much like what is normal for this person, I have simply tolerated this person.
Jesus is not happy about this. He won’t let me alone.
He keeps whispering to me that I should love this person. I should allow love for this person to inconvenience me. I should allow love to open the door to my home, give access to my heart, and mess up my perfect little plan if need be.
This week I’m going to spend some time with some friends who are easy to love. Their lives aren’t so messy. They’re a little more socially composed. They’re not so needy. At least I don’t see it. I don’t mind hanging out with them… but then again neither does anyone else.
We all want to hang out with and love on people who are easy to hang out with and love on, but often the people who need it the most are the ones who are the least likely to get it. Why? Because they are the hardest to love.
I want to be like Jesus. I want to love people like He does. So now I need to go. I need to go love that person who is not so easy to love.