After the third or fourth irritating solicitation telephone call, the temptation was to throw the phone. As I still my thought, I realize even though some of the calls are automated, many are real people. Sometimes I am rather short with them and other times, I merely hang up. Today, it occurred to me that often, there are people on the other end of that line, working to make a living. There are times when I disconnect the phone, I realized I treat them like non-entities. Then, I began to think about if there had been someone on the other end I knew and loved. I should love each and every one. Many times, I receive one of these calls when I am busy or on another line and stop to answer it and feel very inconvenienced.
Then I laughed to myself that I think I am that important which I definitely am not to feel inconvenienced. Love and kindness are always the answer. Galatians 5: 22-23 states “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Today, I will recognize God’s child on the other end of that phone call and treat him as such.