Every now and then, I hear someone muse, “I think God hates me.”
Odds are good, their spoken comment is a verbal manifestation of the thought all humans have, at times.
Usually, those times are when everything seems to be going bass-ackwards.
If you’re like me, we look for someone to hold accountable for our troubles. As frustration grows and temperament sours, I spot the rascal responsible for everything wrong in my life. As I prepare for a new day, there he is, in my bathroom mirror, scowling right back at me.
What a pathetic sight. I laugh at him and he laughs at me. Then, I’m reminded, “The world is what I make of it. If it doesn’t fit, make alterations.”
Often, we know the right things to do. In other words, we know What to do and, even, How to do it. Problem is we lose sight of Why it’s so important to be doing the right things.
Many times, we discover our favorites by experiencing the distasteful. Without the dark of night, the light of day is impossible to appreciate. Same thing holds true for the touchy-feely intangibles of emotions like love and hate. To recognize love is to understand hate.
There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:
- haughty eyes,
- a lying tongue,
- hands that kill the innocent,
- a heart that plots evil,
- feet that race to do wrong,
- a false witness who pours out lies,
- a person who sows discord in a family.
As I consider the list and think about the results produced by these seven causes of hate, I’m enlightened, empowered, and encouraged to focus on doing the exact opposite.
- kind eyes,
- a truthful tongue,
- hands that heal the innocent,
- a heart that plans righteousness,
- feet that patiently choose to always do right,
- a conscientious messenger who defends the truth,
- a person who plants seeds of harmony and unity in families.
Oh, and that miserable funk in which I had been a participant of earlier, simply, disappears. The fog of resignation and despair lifts to reveal the sunshine of fascination and curiosity.
At the moment I choose to focus on the attributes of love, the sources of hate lose their power. If I have been the practitioner of the distasteful, I can change. If I have been the recipient of the destructive conduct of another, changing them is not an option.
What I can do is to choose my response.
As for me, I choose love.