diminutive accounting

I’m back. (Sorry about that). I have enjoyed a good break and been blessed by being on the receiving end of Easter for a change. And this morning I returned to a relative avalanche of emails.

I like to keep a tidy inbox. I like to have dealt with most emails on the day on which they have arrived (or as soon after as possible). I think it is courteous, it avoids forgetting to deal with them and it feels good to have an empty (or relatively empty) inbox. The only problem is that if I have replied to someone that reply may generate a response from them which means that my inbox is no longer empty.

AbacusWhen I am preparing a couple for marriage (and often in the wedding service as well) I advise a couple to kiss each other goodnight each night. This is not just a sweet and romantic thing to do, it also means that you need to have dealt with anything that is between you before you go to sleep. It’s difficult to kiss someone you are in a huff with, or whom you have upset. Keep short accounts.

I wonder if this is why Paul advised the Christians in Rome to “greet one another with a holy kiss”: if you can’t greet someone like that sort out the problem. (It’s a challenge for those of us who are non-huggy, non-kissy people!)

How different would our world be if we all did that? How different would our churches be? What if we kept short accounts with one another, like my inbox: dealing with things as they arise rather than leaving them to fester? And what if we kept similarly short accounts with God?

Be blessed, be a blessing

2 thoughts on “diminutive accounting

  1. I am a 67-year old retired Virginia Baptist minister. I have always struggled with forgiving people, especially those who have wounded me deeply. I want you to know that this article has given me a new prospective on forgiveness. I can’t promise I’ll do any better, but at least I have been confronted with a new perspective on my problem. Thanks! Shalom, Rev. Sid Rodriguez US of A

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