by Roger Thomas

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Dealing Sandpaper People (4 of 20)
Series: Forever Living in a Whatever World
Roger Thomas
Philippians 1:12-18

Edith [Hughes] was having one of those days. The Darlington, Maryland mother of eight came home from the neighbor's house one Saturday afternoon. As she walked into the living room, she saw five of her youngest children huddled together. That should have been the first warning sign. They were all concentrating with intense interest on the same thing. Warning number two! As she came closer, she couldn't believe her eyes. Right dab in the middle of her living room were five baby skunks. She had no idea how they got there. That didn't matter now! She screamed at the top of her voice, 'CHILDREN, RUN!" They did. Each child immediately grabbed a skunk and ran!

Life's like that! Everything's going fine. Then suddenly you find yourself in a room full of skunks. The little black and white four-legged critters are bad enough. The two legged variety are worse. Mary Southerland calls them Sandpaper People, folk who always seem to irritate you and rub you the wrong way. In her book by that title, she writes, "We live in a world that hoards a myriad of problems. However, you will be thrilled to know that I have discovered the biggest problem of all – people! In my opinion, if there were fewer people, there would definitely be fewer problems."

Dealing with sandpaper people can get to anybody after awhile. Sandpaper people are lot like the little boy's lawnmower. The boy was sitting sadly on the curb beside his lawn mower. A minister came riding along on a bicycle. He noticed that the boy appeared discouraged. He decided to stop and see if he could help.

"How about trading your lawn mower for this bicycle?" offered the preacher. The lad's eyes brightened. They made the trade. The boy went on his merry way. The preacher pushed the mower home.

A few days later, their paths crossed again. "I think you took me on our trade," the pr ...

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