Have you ever had people in your life who annoy you? I have. I call them my “sandpaper people” because I know God’s using them to sand the rough edges off of me. God’s goal is to make me more like Jesus: full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)
When one of those people comes into my life, if I’m wise, I’ll start praying for God to help me see them through His eyes (instead of complaining and wishing they’d disappear). I’ll also ask God to show me what needs to change in me. Do I need more compassion and patience with people? Am I treating those people with respect? Do I need wisdom and discernment in how to best work with them? And, if I see faults in them, I need to lovingly pray for God to help them in those areas. They may not even be aware of their weaknesses. I know I’m often blind to mine until God opens my eyes.
Dear Lord, please help me to appreciate “sandpaper people” and also help me not to be one! Thank You.
I’ve called them EGR (extra grace required) people. Thank you for sharing your view of them as “sandpaper people.” That will help me to not just “grin and bear it” but rather to allow the Lord to change ME.
I like your EGR, also. Indeed, God’s perfect love requires much grace!