Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Following up from yesterday…
One time, in my last job, I was traveling on business in Las Vegas. We weren’t doing any of the gambling or any of that stuff that goes on there, we were working for a client at his trade show (there are loads of trade shows in Vegas. It’s apparently the global capital of trade shows), and to cut costs we were staying at a small non-casino hotel way off the beaten path. We needed to get back to our hotel, so we grabbed a cab from the convention center and told the driver where we were going.
He cussed and complained about how cheap people were who stayed at that hotel, and proceeded to berate us all the way to the hotel about how all those folks were so cheap. My associate and I just sat in shock as this guy unloaded on us. Now my boss wasn’t with us on this ride, but I thought to myself, since I was traveling on his nickel with his money, what would he do. He was, and is, one of the wisest men I know, and I decided to do something I think he might.
When we stopped at the hotel and got our bags and such and left the cab, I paid him the 10 or 12 dollars that the cab ride cost… and then… I gave him a $20.00 tip. He apologized, he felt horrible, it was his last call of the night, he’d had a rough day, and apologized more. I told him to not sweat it, that not everybody was cheap, and that I hoped his night would improve.
Now, maybe for a moment I heaped burning coals on his head, but the end result was even cooler… I probably took the worst day of his week and redeemed it, for only twenty bucks.
God, help us to always realize that whatever is going on around us with other people is hard, and sometimes sad, and tragic. Especially those who are unkind to us, Lord, would you love them through us, because we can’t do it ourselves.