“Blessed are you when people insult you.” (Matt. 5:11)

RON HAD BEEN SITTING IN TRAFFIC for what felt like at least an hour. He impatiently tapped his fingers against the steering wheel. He ran his fingers nervously through his hair. Ron was on his way to his first job interview since finishing graduate school, and he wanted to be on time. He was at least thankful for a beautiful day and the opportunity to keep the windows rolled down during the drive. At last the traffic began to move, but Ron had gotten distracted by the beauty of the day, gazing out his driver’s side window. An angry driver honked his horn and shouted at Ron, “You ignorant fool!”

Ron found the insult to be completely unexpected and was offended at the angry driver’s unnecessary remark. Ron thought about it for the remainder of the drive and was even more upset to discover that such a comment could bother him for so long. After arriving at his destination, he walked around the back of his car where he noticed the cross bumper sticker he had placed there. He wondered it was the bumper sticker that had been the reason for the insult and not his driving. Ron had experienced for the first time someone ridiculing him for his faith and realized how uncomfortable it can be.

Pray for Christians everywhere who suffer persecution.

Amy Knepp is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and a stay-at-home mother of four children.

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