I dreamed last night that one of the mothers at the Classical Conversations Community, where I tutor, was very upset because I was talking to the crayons. (Stranger things have happened . . . right?) She thought it was evil that the crayons talked back and was complaining about me. In my dream I told her that I would not be talking to the crayons any more. Then, as she turned to leave, my last thought before I woke up was, “But what about rulers? I talk to rulers too!” I woke up and laughed and laughed!
I have actually been very frustrated lately by trying to please people. Someone will ask me to do something a certain way, and I happily comply, only to have several others complain that I’ve changed things. I’ve been thinking about this a lot because I’ve let such circumstances at times rob me of my joy. The truth of the matter is that if my goal in what I do is to please the Lord, then nothing anyone says should upset me. So if I get angry, it is because, even though I let myself think I’m being unselfish, I am really trying to please myself in some way, maybe by gaining someone’s praise or admiration. It just seems like a nobler way of pleasing myself! May I “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).