There is a story of an old man who carried a small can of oil with him everywhere he went. If he passed through a squeaky door, he would pour a little oil on the old hinge. And if he found a gate hard to open, he’d oil the latch, making it easier for those who came after him.
Many people we encounter each day are like those latches and gates. They may be cranky, and difficult to deal with, hardened from life’s circumstances.
They need the oil of mercy, kindness, gentleness and patience.
While you stand in long lines and deal with tired cashiers, or maybe head home to spend the holidays with your unsaved family, what will be in your oil can?
Our lives may only touch others but once. Will you make their way easier?
During this hectic holiday season, may our countenance and our heart reflect the One who came to give us Life.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Col. 3:12