Problem is, upon deeper reflection of those various peeves, I come to realize that I have my own personal abundance of shortcomings as well. And when I think deeper about that other person who has slighted me, I come to realize that there is a good chance they did not do so out of malice; thoughtlessness or inconsideration, perhaps, or even an unfolding of events that was outside of their control. I then come to realize that it may be more accurate to assume the best of that person rather than the worst. At least, it gives me a more constructive perspective for the minutes or hours that follow. As well, it puts my mind, and my heart, in a much better position to lift that person up to God. After all, they are not loved any less by God because of my pet peeves.
Especially during this Christian season of Lent, as we work our way to Easter Sunday, let us not forget that God’s forgiveness brings peace and blessing, and forgiveness is a big part of the gift of love and grace God has given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Perhaps, then, we may transform our pet peeves into portals of forgiveness that we may be a reflection of God’s way onto others. Just perhaps.
May you know, and be, the peace and blessing of forgiveness… Pastor Bob