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They think my focus on recycling is stupid, for one thing. They say I go "overboard." I love what my husband said to me in reference to this: "I wonder how much they'd fight it if a landfill went in beside their homes?" Good point. Don't recycle, but don't bring your trash into our neighborhood.
Now I don't have to worry about any of these people reading about this, because none of them would be bothered with reading my blog and discovering for themselves what exactly it is that motivates me. While their comments will not deter my mission as Green Grandma, they sure have affected my enthusiasm to work with them on other things. After all, why would I want to spend time with people who don't respect me? It's pretty simple, actually.
When you speak words about someone, do you ever stop to think exactly what the effect would be if the words were to get back to them? Would the person stop serving in a ministry or voluntering their time? Would they hole up and retreat into themselves?
Of course, I'm as guilty as others on this one. I've said unkind things about people that would have hurt them the way these words hurt me. Perhaps now, I'll twice before doing that again.
I'm discouraged right now. I pour my heart and soul into this mission of mine. Is it worth it? Does it matter? Am I wasting my time? See how those poorly chosen words from a few people have affected me. I'm now doubting myself.
Why am I sharing this with you? Maybe I'm asking for company in my little pity party I'm having. And/or maybe I'm just encouraging you to think before you speak.
"But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God."
That verse is somewhere in the first chapter of James and is one of my favorite 'conviction' verses. Yes, it convicts me, too.
I have a busy, busy week ahead, but I just wanted to take the time to share a little piece of my heart with you.
Thanks for 'listening,'