It’s easy to let people get under your skin or ruin your day, the challenge is not letting them have that control over you. Once we realize that we have the power to control the situation with the help of God, our days will be a lot less stressful. Here’s a good example. Not too long ago, I got off from a 16 shift at work. I work in the news industry, so of course everything was chaotic since we were dealing with Tropical Storm Irma. When I got home it was raining. My neighbor was sitting on the porch with my mom. The screened door was locked, so I asked my mom to open it for me. Keep in mind, I was already tired and aggravated from work, so I said “Mom can you please open the door, I’m tired, aggravated, and I’m getting rained on out here”. My mom didn’t realize it was locked, she finished what she was doing, walked over and opened it. However, my neighbor must not have liked what I said, before I knew it, she went off on me saying, I need to learn how to be more patient, and that it wasn’t the end of the world because back in her day she had it ten times worse than me. Of course I wanted to say something, but before I knew it, my mom walked over to me and whispered in my ear ” It takes a fool to follow a nut”. I looked at her and I went inside the house. My mom talked to me about the situation later, and told me she was happy I went inside without saying anything. She also told me don’t take it too personal because our neighbor is going through a lot, which may cause her to be argumentative. I say all of that to say, sometimes we get upset with the things that people say to us, but do we ever take the time to think…that they may be dealing with their own personal battles. Of course it’s much easier to tell them off, curse them out, or maybe even hit them, but how is any of that fixing the situation. My challenge for you the next time someone lashes out on you, is to pray for them. Pray that God fixes whatever is causing them pain, or frustration in their lives . Pray that he guides them. Our God is not a God of confusion, He is a God of order, so pray for Him to order their steps. Also pray that you forgive that person that has attempted to alter your day because of their own personal struggles. Trust me God will answer your prayers and on top of it you have helped that person without them evening knowing it. Someone is always praying for us, let’s do the same and pray for others. The world would be such a better place. You’re a lot stronger than what you think.
Until next time remember, “Every Battle Isn’t Yours”