Peace over Drama
Some folks will take potshots at you no matter what the situation is. You can be doing everything right and they will still find a pebble to throw at you over something.
Most of us truly want to walk in integrity and try to stay above the fray. There are things we’re passionate about though, and because we’re human like everyone else, we have made them known to a few people we thought we could trust. They probably mentioned them in casual conversation to a few folks they believed they could trust. Secrets are difficult to keep.
This means that eventually those who might want to see us fall one day are privy to our Achilles heels and know just what to do and say to get under our skin. They lie in wait and plan their attacks so carefully, assured that we will take the bait and fall. When we don’t, they become truly irate. Their hand has been revealed and they feel betrayed by us.
How ironic. If they weren’t our enemies before, they will surely be so now. All because we chose peace and self-respect over drama and nonsense. The Word encourages us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. I know from personal experience that this is easier said than done. Sometimes you just want to give them the five-fold ministry right upside their heads, but you have to ask what would Jesus do?
There’s a song by Zach Williams called “Less Like Me” and it’s become my theme song. I have to plead for the fruit of the Spirit to be evident in my life moment by moment so that I will decrease and He will increase. I suspect we can all use help in this area. I’m not trying to confound my enemies; I’m simply on a quest to improve myself. If we want to change the world, we have to start right where we are. Who’s with me? Any takers?