When things that are out of your control or others control do you get upset and take it out on people? Do you explode if you don’t get your way? We all go through situations that we really don’t want to be bothered with but it is how you go through them that makes all the difference.
I can remember many years ago I was flaying back to Savannah and the flight was timed where I had maybe 15-30 minutes layover in Charlotte. The only problem is there was a storm and we had to fly around the city for a little while before we finally got to land.
They pretty much told us that we had to go to the ticket place so that we can try and get on the next flight because we missed our flight. I got to the line with many mad people because everyone in the line was from my flight. I was probably number 40 and there were probably 40 more people behind me so I was right in the middle of the line. For some reason there were quite a bit of people in line who was going to Savannah like me.
I knew at that point that there was no way I was getting on the next flight. I listened to everyone in front of me and noticed that the next flight was full and everyone was complaining about it. The person behind the ticket counter had to put up with so much crap. I could not believe how much people were taking this situation out on her. Did she control the weather?
Yes I was upset too but I chose at that moment to be different than everyone. It was finally my turn and as I walked up to the counter, I knew I wasn’t getting on anything soon because no one was and that is why they all were mad. If I can remember right all the people were on the flight that was 3 hours from that point.
Well I get to the counter and the fist thing I tell the woman behind the counter is that I am sorry you have been treated so bad. I am glad I am not in your shoes but I want to say that you have handled yourself with so much class and I was impressed with that.
She told me thank you and gave me my new ticket so I looked at the gate and started walking towards it. I was on one side of the Charlotte airport and the gate was on the total opposite side so I began my journey there. I took my time because as I knew I was not on the next flight.
I think it was 15 minutes or so before I finally got to the gate and the woman at the gate looked at me and asked if I was Chris Benton? I said yes, why? I was really wonder why the heck they were looking for me. She went on to tell me that we have been waiting for you. We were told to hold the flight for one last passenger. I smiled and boarded the plane.
Was I looking for my compassion to have that result? Of course not because if you have that kind of motive then God doesn’t see your compassion as true compassion. I was compassionate at that moment because I chose to in-spite of my frustration.
The moral of this story is that you should always be compassionate in every situation and sometimes God just may Bless you in that moment in ways that you don’t realize. Sometimes God will Bless you later but in this situation it happened immediately and as far as I know, I was the ONLY person on that flight from my original flight even though I knew there were many others from that flight coming to Savannah too. Favor is awesome but first you must be compassionate!
Ask God to help you see every situation in through compassionate eyes. Ask him to give you the patience to do the right thing even though the wrong thing will be easier. Ask him to give you the wisdom to know what is right in any situation.
Live Boldly, Lead With Passion & Stay Christ-Centered!