Porcupines

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12-13

Have you learned how to live with other people?

I heard about one person who said, “I love humanity in general, I just can’t stand people in particular.” Sometimes we feel like that. It’s easy to love people when we talk about them in the abstract, but sometimes it’s difficult for us to deal one-on-one with others.

It reminds me of the story of two porcupines who were trying to sleep on a cold, cold winter night. These little porcupines were huddled up next to each other in an effort to keep warm. After a while they started sticking one another with their quills. So they would move apart from each other, and then they would get cold again. So, they would come back together, then they would start sticking one another again, and they would move apart.

All night long those porcupines went from apart, to together, from apart, to together. Sometimes our relationships are that way. On the one hand we need each other. On the other hand we needle each other. We like to be close and we want to be in relationships; yet, sometimes we get on one another’s nerves.

God wants us to have Christ honoring relationships in our families, in our marriages, even in the work place. Until we learn how to live with other people, and until we learn how to live out our Christian life in our relationship with others, we really haven’t learned what God wants us to know about life on this earth.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!