June 5 - Quit Pushing!

By Crystal Ortman

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 16:21

Central Thought: There are better ways than pushiness to get a point across.

    It's natural to want to share something good with others. Who hasn't felt that way? But, how it's done is key. When a person comes to me and starts backing me in a corner, telling me about this wonderful product or that amazing diet or book, my defenses go up, and a stubborn streak asserts itself. I feel I'm left with no choice, and I get a bit angry. I usually refuse anything presented to me in that way—even when it might be good for me. The problem is that I have also done it to others—even knowing how it feels to be the captive listener.

    This is most offensive to me when God's Word is handled that way. The motive is right (a sincere desire to see someone come to the Lord or grow in his or her faith), but the method is wrong. Cramming Jesus down someone's throat is never the answer.

    Praying about sharing Jesus (or anything of importance) with another provides an opportunity for me to grow in my own faith and maturity. I can restrain the impulse to blast my way into that person's life, and I learn more self-control. Befriending a person and truly caring about him or her will make the way I approach them much more acceptable.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me be sensitive to others. Even if I have something good to share, let it be with gentleness and true interest in that person.

Devotional Reading: 2 Samuel 23:24-24:25; Acts 3:1-26; Psalm 123:1-4; Proverbs 16:21-23