Saturday, March 14, 2009
Is graffiti ever good? Having grown up in Southern California, I'm a little touchy about the topic. Millions of dollars are spent in graffiti removal. Now it seems well-meaning knitters are getting in on it. Whimsical on its first few days or until the first big rainstorm, it does pose problems for property owners and cities. They want to add color, but what about when the color fades?
I was downtown one day at my LYS and noticed some dirty, sagging, tattered knitting around some trees. I remember thinking "cute idea then, not so cute now." Who has to take this stuff down when the colors lose their vibrancy? Not trying to be Debbie Downer, but sometimes our "fun" ideas are not so fun for the clean-up crew. (Have you ever had your house toilet-papered? I make my point.) Has anyone else ever thought this? Or better yet, has anyone else been tagged and had to figure out how to "unknit" a tree on their property? Just wondering.
I am trying to finish Porom today and will post tomorrow I hope. An easy knit...but I've GOT to get some things done around the house today.
A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
- Proverbs 19:11 NIV
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. It is SO easy to get offended. But the Bible warns us against it. It is a habit that is hard to break, and quite natural to our flesh. Now, Jesus was offended more than anyone I know. Stripped, beaten, called names, crucified, he asked his Father to "forgive them, they know not what they do."
I Corinthians 13 is called the love chapter. God tell us that love is not easily offended. The King James says love, "is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil." The NIV states, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." No wonder friendships fail and families are torn apart. Satan loves this, the Father of Lies, telling us we deserve to be treated better. He loves to sow discord. He distracts us from Christ's example. He loves destruction in every sense of the word.
When we do need to resolve an issue, God's word gives us guidelines. His word is useful for instruction in every area of life. His ways are not my ways. This is a great article on conflict resolution, with communication being key.
Lord, help us to be people that assume the best in others, not quick to take up an offense. Help us to handle conflict in a way that brings you glory!