Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I had two options. I could get made or I could just go with the flow. Honestly, it didn't cross my mind to get mad. It's just a shirt. In the great scheme of things, it isn't a big deal.
Of course they were mortified and I feared they were going to undress me to try and remove the dye. They didn't and the apologies continued. I explained that it wasn't a big deal and that I knew it was an accident. I was also able to share my faith in a very direct manner to the student. I'm sure those around also heard.
Jesus said that people would recognize us as His because of our love. Paul then explains that love is patient, love is kind, love isn't rude, it isn't easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. I pray that my actions and my words tonight were honoring to God and others saw Him in me. I've heard it said that as Christians we are Jesus with skin on and that sometimes we are the only Jesus some people ever see. I pray I made Him proud tonight because I also fail at times in this exact same area. (Yep, that's right...I am so not perfect and often fail to show love, fail to be patient, fail to not keep a record of those who have offended me, and fail at not getting angry!)
I need your help in deciding my next step. They insisted that they replace my shirt. I am suppose to go buy an equivalent (it is a couple of years old) and then give them my receipt. What do you think I should do? Should I take them up on there offer? Should I forget about it?