‘Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 7 : 6

Have you been in argument with someone and had someone else tell you to not waste your breath talking with them? What you are saying is not going to have any impact on that person, no difference will be made with them. There are things in this world which we shouldn’t bother giving much attention to, or wasting time or resources with them. Think about those arcade games in which you have a 1 out of 10,000 chance in winning. I have lost money in those thinking that the next time would be different.

We shouldn’t waste things of value on those who won’t appreciate them, and even possibly might be angered by them. When Jesus taught people, there were people who rejected his message. We shouldn’t share something of value with someone who is going to trample on it. This causes us to lose heart and energy, and could invite people to treat your badly.

Now, we are told to share the message of Jesus with people, but there is a difference between sharing it with people who are willing to hear it, even if they don’t agree with it, versus spending time with those who are not willing to even hear what you would have to say. If people are wiling to hear what you would have to say, share it with them, if not, don’t use up your energy. You don’t have to totally dismiss them, but wait until they are willing to listen.

Prayer: Gracious God, you call us to share your message with all people, yet there are people who are not willing to hear the message. Help us to have patience with those people and to continue loving them. Give us courage to share your message, and not be stopped when it falls on ears that don’t want to listen. Help us to love all people, and journey with all people, no matter where they are on their own journeys. We thank you for this odd and wondrous calling of being your disciples. Amen.

Action: Practise patience and forgiveness with people at all times, and especially when they are not willing to listen. Love them and continue journeying with them.

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