Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!
Wasn’t that the biggest lie we told in primary school? Words DO hurt and they cut deep. Maybe it’s that family member whose job it is to tell you how fat you’ve got every time you come around? Or perhaps it’s that “all up in your business” co- worker who cannot find it in themselves to say something nice about you. Or maybe it’s a barrage of words spoken by a “friend” that never makes you feel good about yourself?
What’s the best thing you can do? Let them all slide off! Yep! Don’t slap nobody upside the head or spit venom back just to make yourself better because you wont! You have to learn to let the negative and often times hurtful comments of others slide off like the water off a ducks back. Why? Because you must, like my mother likes to say, “remember the child of who you are.”
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. – 2 timothy 2:23-26
As a Christ follower, its very important for me to remember the One of whom I say I am connected to. The bible describes all Christ followers as His ambassadors, which makes us representatives of Him. If this were the case, why should I, or any Christ follower, change the way we act because of others? We need to be able to treat people with dignity and respect even when they don’t deserve it, because that’s exactly what God did for us and its our turn to demonstrate that same type of unfailing love to others.
This is the part where I would roll my eyes and tell you to “shut up” simply because there are some rude, ignorant and not to mention testing people! I get it ALL. But the thing is, not everybody will get to hear the sermon you preach or read the Bible you speak of. But what they will have is a front row seat to your LIFE. What does yours represent?
What you believe and whom you follow will impact the way you treat others. It will impact the things you say and the way you live. It will also impact the way you respond to some of the not so great words others speak of or to you.
Let it be said that you always represented Him in the best way you could, even to those who don’t yet know Him.
Hope helps Someone…x
P.S: NWM is happening this friday in Thamesmead, London at 7:30PM, so if you or anyone is interested in coming along then send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to have you xxx