“Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive.” Ephesians 4:31
The women at the gym kept her head down while stepping away at the elliptical machine the whole time I worked out next to her. When I finished my time on the machine, I took my towel and wiped the handle bars, as I always do. Then I heard a crabby voice say, “You need to wipe down the machine.” It was as if the sound was coming from ventriloquist. I said, “You must not have seen me wipe the machine down.” She replied, “You need to use the spray.” I grabbed the spray and followed her orders.
Another few minutes passed, and the woman stopped stepping, took her towel and wiped her face. Then she grabbed the spray and used it on the machine and wiped it off with her sweat-lathered towel. I wanted to say to her, “You need to get a clean towel to wipe your machine,” but I’m nice, and I just let it go.
I have a hard time understanding people with a nasty attitudes. It is just as easy to get your point across with a little creative thinking, such as, “Hey, in case you are looking, there is a bottle of spray to sanitize your machine on the shelf behind you.” Of course, this statement is in twenty-one words instead of the half dozen she used.”
Lord, help us be sensitive to people even when we don’t feel like it. Amen.