There are times when each of us is going to experience someone who is difficult to love. God has placed people who are difficult into our lives for a reason. In recovery, we sometimes refer to people who are difficult as sandpaper people. They are coarse and rough, but working to smooth and round out our edges. We need difficult people in our lives just as much as they need us in theirs.
A joke we sometimes hear in recovery is that one out of three people is difficult to deal with. If you find that neither the person on your left nor the person on your right is difficult, then you might be the one out of three who is difficult. Each of us has, at some time in our lives, been a sandpaper person to someone else.
Recovery is where we come to have our surfaces sanded down and our edges smoothed out. When someone rubs us the wrong way, we love them anyway. When people are coarse and rough, we continue to love them. Not everyone is easy to get along with. Love has a way of covering a multitude of sins. Loved people, love people. We have been loved back to life, and now it’s our time to show the love of Christ to those who are difficult to love.
Written by Jackell.