The “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” concept only works so far. How do you deal with the situation when they don’t return the favor? I feel like I’m constantly giving out 20 dollar bills, and not getting anything back – not even a thank you.
I have often felt like a square peg in a round hole. How people treat me is often at odds with how I feel they should treat me. I asked God about this and God said that perhaps it’s me. Perhaps I need to change my expectations of the world.
God says “My ways are not your ways.”
Jesus asked his disciples to stay in the world but not to be of the world.
Jesus said to forgive people without count.
Jesus said that we should treat our enemies with kindness, and in so doing we will prove that we are children of God.
God says to me that I am supposed to stay the way I am and stay in the world as it is,
and feel that hurt
feel that pain
feel that dissonance.
…in part, so that I understand and can empathize with people who are excluded and left out. But also so that in holding my ground I can teach others how to act in a Godly way. Sometimes we are to be teachers through our actions.
Many years ago,
I had asked God to be able to spread the messages he gave without attention to me. I want to be anonymous, and live my life without fame. This way I can go to the gym or the grocery store and live like a normal person. In the meantime God uses me as a conduit. I want to be a good steward of the gifts that he gives me.
So why am I upset when a message I share is taken up and adopted (stolen, in my mind) by someone who acts as if it is theirs? I don’t want fame or money, so it doesn’t make sense for me to be upset.
I brought this to God this week and got a lot of peace. That feeling I had is the human part of me, rearing its ugly head. It is important that I felt it, and brought it to God. That is what God wants – to heal all of our brokenness. But we have to take it to the Healer to be healed.
Here is what it means to be a child of God: It isn’t natural, but spiritual. We are all created by God at birth but the true children of God, once they are spiritually awake, then choose to be further formed and shaped by God. They choose to align themselves with God and then let God work through them. It is a two-way adoption. God wants all of us to choose to follow God’s ways, but not all of us do. It is our choice.
I need to give my immature feelings of jealousy (because these messages are not mine, but God’s) to God, so God can transform them into selflessness. I need to do this in order to become a pure vessel for God’s Spirit in this world.
Sometimes for healing to take place, there has to be a reconciliation – a balancing of the accounts.
It is important to let other people know how you feel. They can’t read your mind. It is like being a bill collector who issues the bill (with interest) ten years after it is due. It is better to issue the bill early, to get it over with and have the accounts settled as soon as possible.
Jesus says that if we have an issue against someone, to not take our offering to the Temple, but to leave it and go make peace with that person first.
So today I wrote sent this message to a lady in a head covering group I belong to:
“Hello! I thought it would be important to write you. At least a year ago I mentioned something on the “Cover me happy” Facebook page about how it would be a good idea to focus on the idea of covering, instead of covering with a lot of fancy wraps. I said that too many fancy wraps would make it difficult for the beginner, or someone who is poor and can’t afford a lot of scarves. I also pointed out that modesty is an important part of covering, so calling attention to it with fancy wraps didn’t make sense. Not long after I said that, you posted on the Wrapunzel page this very idea, saying that you’d read it in another group but wasn’t sure who said it. Then it became a thing, where people were posting their single scarf wraps and tagging you. I felt very hurt by this, since I am the one who suggested it. I said nothing at the time, but now that something like this has happened to me in a different context, I think it is important to speak up and set things right. I don’t want fame for the idea – it was just an idea. I don’t want to be tagged when people post when they wear one scarf. But I also don’t want my ideas claimed by someone else. I think it is important to make things right, so that is why I am writing, to let you know how I feel.”
I have no idea how she will respond to it. She probably doesn’t even remember. Because of the message system on Facebook, she might never see it. But I needed to write it. It is important to balance the accounts.
Yesterday I wrote to the administrator of a group I’d been submitting newsletter offerings to, saying that she could not claim that she was writing the posts. My first several posts were given the anonymous “from a member” credit. I wasn’t sure about this – there was nothing saying that what we submitted would be anonymous. But now it didn’t even say that, and at the bottom I noted that she’d said the contents were copyright (to her group – not to me).
Perhaps it was good for it to be anonymous – that way one member wouldn’t stick out. I was also still wrestling with the idea that at least my messages were getting out. I still don’t want fame or attention. But I also don’t want my work to be claimed by another.
It is why I say that anyone can use anything I wrote for “The Condensed Gospel” for free, but they cannot claim that they wrote it, or charge money for it. I don’t want money for it – but I also don’t want someone else to make money on it. I now feel that credit is a sort of money in a way.
So now I’m holding my ground and speaking up. I’m telling people that they have hurt me as soon as I realize that they have, without “charging interest”.