2018-04-30 - No Ma'am
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent." (Luke 15:3-7 NIV)
"I don't like being called ma'am. I may have a few gray hairs and wrinkles, but I prefer miss or nothing at all."
I didn't grow up in the Southern United States, so its tradition of using ma'am and sir respectfully is foreign.
Today, after being addressed a few times as ma'am at the grocery store, I asked myself why I was getting frustrated about the label. Was I letting my feelings take control? After all, Sarah was desired by a king and conceived a baby in her 90s. (Hebrews 11:11 and Genesis 12:11-13) God blessed Sarah to become "the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” (Genesis 17:16 NIV)
The next time I go to the store, and a clerk utters, "Hello, ma'am," I will try and take the statement as a compliment, and will embrace the beautiful Sarah inside me.
For … "when Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was very beautiful. Pharaoh's princes (officials) also saw her and praised her to Pharaoh;" (Genesis 12:14-15a AMP)
Lord, Help me stay calm and be understanding of people's perspectives. May anger not get the best of me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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