What Am I Missing?

How will we know we are living in the light of Christ? Well, we will be more loving and kind. Our faithfulness will be evident through our patience and gentleness. We will be peace-makers and peace-keepers and we will exhibit exemplary self-control. We will experience and become a source of joy. Our generosity will spill over and provide abundance for all. This is not a “we gotta try to make this happen,” kind of thing, but a “they will know we are Christians by our love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” kind of thing.

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On a more frequent basis than I am comfortable with, I seem to be missing some pages of the script for simple human interaction.  Two things happened today, and it is not yet ten in the morning…

Time MagazineI was sitting at my favorite coffee shop in one of two comfortable plush chairs.  The shop was fairly full, and the only open seats were five high stools at a raised counter.  With my back condition, these high stools are not endurable for more than about ten minutes, tops.  I was plugged into my iPod listening to some B. B. King, reading Screwtape Letters on my Kindle, when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I removed the ear buds and looked up into the pleasant face of a woman in her thirties, accompanied by a second woman approximately the same age.

“Would you mind moving?” she asked.

“Uhm…” I intelligently replied.

“There…

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