Sunday, May 20, 2012

If you function right, I'll love you ...

Long ago I owned a Mac.


It eventually died.

The years since are a trail of dead laptops.

On more than one occasion, I shared with a talented geek friend the excessive loss of production and time (meaning my frustrations) just trying to make the various computers work correctly so that I could actually get some work done.

He encouraged me to return to Mac.

When my last laptop went into protracted death throes, my friend intervened and set me up with one of his old MacBook Pros he no longer used. Since I started working on the Mac, I haven't had a single instance of technical dysfunction.

I now turn on my computer, work, then turn off my computer.

The productivity and time savings using the Mac have been remarkble! And the frustrations of trying to get my computer to function properly so I could function have disappeared.

It isn't just computers we want to function this way, it's also people.

We don't want to be mired down in the "technical dysfunctions" of others. It eats up our time and sometimes causes frustrations. It's much easier to have people in our lives who function the way we want them to, when we want them to, for our productivity and pleasure.

You can treat people that way, but not if you intend to share the love of Christ with them.

The Apostle Paul says this about relationships where real love is expressed and practiced ...

"4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance," 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Jesus didn't avoid a person because they would demand His time or attention, behave dysfunctionally, eat into his ministry productivity, or otherwise be a "bother."

That's because He loved them.

Some people are easy to love and a joy to be around. Some, not so much. Both need the love of Christ.

Are you making room for, and loving, the "PC" people in your life? Or are you limiting yourself to those who only serve your purposes?