You know the individual I’m about to write about. He or she is the person that knows how to say the right thing at just the right time thus driving you insane. They have the unique ability to push all your wrong buttons so that your blood begins to boil. Other individuals may fall within the lesser evil of simply hard to communicate with or understand. Regardless of which category the individual falls within, they are part of the greatest thing I learned in my time at Asbury.
The greatest thing that I learned at Asbury, maybe one of the top ten lessons I have ever learned, is that the unlovable individual actually has a gift to share. I firmly believe in God’s grace. I will never earn His extravagant love. I also believe that prevenient grace is a great way to describe the love we receive from God when we are unaware that we have need. When an individual is unaware of their need for God and yet He still imparts that love to her, that is prevenient grace. If you and I believe God gives prevenient grace then we should also believe the most unlovable person has a gift from God to share. The individual that drives us insane, the outcast or the lowly can actually share something great with us if we’d only listen.
The greatest thing I learned while at Asbury is that every individual has something from God to share and I should not, under any circumstance, completely write off an individual. Gaining this perspective on prevenient grace and the gifts that God gives has dramatically impacted how I view people. Would love to hear what you think. Have you ever spent time with a challenging individual that actually shared something of great value with you? Is there a person that you have written off and maybe you need to listen again to what they have to say?