by Roger Thomas

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Dealing With Difficult People (5 of 6)
Series: Romans 12 - The Christian's Job Description
Roger Thomas
Romans 12:14-16

Good old Charlie Brown's young friend Linus (that's not our Charlie Brown, but THE Charlie Brown), was having a serious conversation which aired a view shared by many. Linus had just told his big sister Lucy that he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. (You may remember that it was Linus who once said that big sisters are ''the crab grass in the lawn of life.'' -You know I think I heard Deanna Burnett say that just the other day!)

Lucy couldn't believe here ears. ''You a doctor! That's a laugh! You could never be doctor! You know why? Because you don't love mankind!''

Immediately, young Linus, clutching his blanket close, countered, ''I do too love mankind! It's people I can't stand!''

Most of us know the feeling. Especially, school teachers. I have heard more than one teacher confess that teaching would be a great occupation if it weren't for the students. Or as my sister in law used to say, ''There are three good reasons for being a teacher-June, July, and August.'' She must have a difficult student like the one in the story I recently came across.

The teacher was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his boots. They just didn't want to budge. After much effort the boots squeaked on. Then and only then the little tike observed, ''Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.''

She looked and sure enough, they were. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots off and then back on - this time on the right feet.

He then announced, ''These aren't my boots.'' She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, ''Why didn't you say so?'' like she wanted to. Once the boots were off, the little monster added, ''They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them.''

She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on h ...

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