As we meet people we can’t help but awe, or those from different racial and cultural backgrounds, we can be forgiven for feelings of submissive bashfulness. We want our meetings to go so well we become highly self-conscious. Nerves get the better of us as we find ourselves trying too hard.
Let’s not be put off or embarrassed.
After all, we’re actually trying to love them. Even though things have come off awkwardly we’ve not treated them aggressively or with disdain, or with any other negative intent. Our hearts were pure.
And as it occurs to us we ought not to feel offended at the distance of intimacy. This form of meekness is borne out of love and wonder. One person is being elevated. This is so very much like Christian love; all that’s desired to improve it is the confidence of assertiveness, and intimacy is very quickly the product.
With our personal meekness in these difficult situations, it’s best to remember that it’s God that blesses us with both the ability to experience wonder and resist timidity (2 Timothy 1:7).
Better to awe someone than to deplore them.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.
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