Romans 12:18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (KJV)
Romans 14:13 – Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or any occasion to fall in his brother's way. (KJV)
Occasionally, the subject comes up regarding anonymity in our e-mail, especially where it pertains to our place of residence. There is a certain amount of risk in having people know where you reside.
The phone is another bit of technology which allows us either to be unlisted or to block our number from call display, while being able to see incoming calls on call display.
Recently, an unfamiliar name and number showed up several times on my call display without any message being left. Thinking that it was perhaps a marketing call, I decided to phone the number and clear up the mystery. It was obviously a young family and no one there had made the calls, except maybe their company from out of province, who weren't in at the moment. That name wasn't familiar either, so I thought something wasn't right. At the very least, someone kept calling a wrong number… mine.
A while later the mystery was solved, and much to my delight. The caller was her company who was visiting her, someone who also writes for Daily and had very kindly taken the time to call and say "hello". It never would have happened had I not had my city listed with my e-mail address, and if I hadn't had the call display to call back the number.
In today's verses from Romans, we are asked to trust one another, not to pre-judge others, and not to be judgmental or hurtful by putting up stumbling blocks. Wherever possible, we should try to live peaceably, sharing with our fellow man. We are each responsible for taking the first step.
Prayer: Lord God, help us to try each day to be a little more trusting, a little more open, a little less judgmental. Where we see stumbling blocks, may we have the courage to move them out of the way. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.