I am a Proverbs 31 vs 8-9 woman. It's deeply planted into my heart and I praise God for that part of me. God has taken some difficulties I faced early in my life and planted something very godly in my heart. Seeds of hatred tried to grow at times but God wouldn't have it. He watered seeds in me that desired justice - a desire to come to the "rescue" of the "underdog" - the weak one or mistreated one. When I witness injustice no matter how small it may seem, I jump in 99.9% of the time - sometimes mouth first - and then my head follows - not always a good thing if my mouth shoots off loudly before thinking! However, my heart is always in the right place - in Christ Jesus and desiring exactly what He would desire for the "underdog" - justice. I especially have very little patience when I witness an adult mistreating a young person.
Today at lunch I had a "hunkering" for french fries....so I stopped at a take out place and noticed immediately the teenager behind the cash had a badge saying "in training". The supervisor behind a counter in the back peeked out and asked what I wanted - so I ordered a medium order of fries. Apparently this was an "upgrade" - a special "key" on the cash. The teen seemed nervous and unfamiliar with where this particular button for an "upgrade" was on the computer screen. He asked the supervisor where on the screen it was - she was said, "to the right at the top, no the other side, no not there, not there......" she was sounded angry. He was growing nervous and finally asked her to come show him. She huffed, muttered "geez" and came around the counter. I observed them for a moment and began to feel very uncomfortable. The "justice gene" reared in my heart and I looked directly into the supervisor's eyes and said calmly something to this effect: "Cancel my order. I no longer want to give this place my business. There is no need to treat anyone the way you are treating him. It is inappropriate to talk to him like that and especially in front of a customer. He is in training - give the kid a break." She looked stunned and tried to say something but nothing came out of her mouth. The kid looked a bit shocked too. I imagine he was happy someone bothered to stick up for him. I left at that point because I could feel the "justice gene" was actually going to raise to a point that I might actually cross a line and treat her badly - it's a delicate balance - justice vs vengeance.
I was thinking, we are all in various stages of "training" as Christians. And, I pray we who are "supervisors" (more experienced Christians) are patient and grow in godly love towards one another. I also pray as Christians would strive to seek justice for all those who are mistreated - whether they Christian or not - it is a powerful witness to an often hostile world.
Julie (Little Missionary)