It’s hard to be grateful for something you think is owed. It has been a challenging week for me on several levels—-mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. But, I am thankful. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have much to be thankful for and I choose to focus on those things rather than my troubles.
Before you read on—a heads up: this post contains graphic language and describes an incident that may be difficult for you to comprehend and understand.
Yesterday, at my work, we had a banquet to feed the homeless. Volunteers helped our team serve more than 500 people. I had a great time showing movies in our worship center. I saw a number of friends I’ve made over the course of the past two years.
During the first movie, one of our guests was talking. He increasingly became a distraction. Other guests looked my way, begging me to get him to hush.
Stepping out from behind the booth, I walked toward him and asked that he stop talking. He looked at me and said, “What? I can’t talk? You can’t make me be quiet. I have freedom of speech.”
I responded, “Yes, you do. I’m asking that you’d exercise that right out in the cafe. Folks are trying to watch a movie in here.”
“Well, watch the fucking movie! I can talk if I want to. I’m just visiting with my friend over here.” He pointed to a man several feet away.
I moved closer to him so I wouldn’t have to yell or speak loudly. “That’s fine. I’m just asking that you have that conversation out in our cafe.”
He made direct eye contact with me. His eyes locked on mine. “You don’t have the love of God in you. You’re filled with evil. You have the devil in you.”
He stood up.
“I got freedom of speech. I’ll talk if I fucking want to.” He repeated, “You don’t have no God in your heart. You’re evil. You’re the goddamn devil. I’ll cut your motherfucking throat.”
At this point, thankfully, one of our security team members had made it over to us and intervened.
This sole incident sticks out in my mind from yesterday for a number of reasons that I won’t get into today. It’s part of what we deal with daily. We fight, individually, to overcome these moments so that, collectively, we can continue to help people.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.1 John 4:7-8 New Living Translation
Today, in celebration of Thanksgiving, I am re-sharing a post from a couple of years ago.
Enjoy the time with your family, friends, and loved ones.
The Devotional Guy™