The light at the back of your foot

The light at the back of your foot
A friend of ours shared with us this weekend that he had been asked to leave his church. He is sad, but also looking forward to what God has planned for him. He is keeping a positive attitude and finding the blessings in this struggle. He shared with me that a friend gave him some good advice. The advice was that it was going to be just as important to keep as bright a light at the back of his foot, as it was to keep a light at the toe of his foot. I thought about that statement. We all want to walk into a new situation with our best foot forward. With enthusiasm and doing the best we can. But how often when walk away from a situation do we think about showing our best as we are leaving? Do we have grace for those who have made our passage harder? Do we finally let all those frustrations out that we have been feeling?  Or do we seek to show our best as we are escorted out the door? I was so inspired by his desire to leave gracefully, thinking more of those he was leaving than himself. I am inspired to daily walk away gracefully from so many situations, from the car who cut me off, the rude store clerk, the uncaring waitress, even the family member who has hurt me. I want to keep a light at the back of my foot.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity.      Colossians 3:12-14