“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11
This was the focus of my devotional on Crosswalk this morning. WOW! Talk about timing, this was perfect. Coming off an AMAZING and inspiring weekend at Thirty One‘s National Conference had me pumped and ready to jump start my business for the Fall. Then the comments and actions of others started to creep in and the questions started “What did she mean by that?” “Am I able to be a good leader?” I know I am not the first nor will I be the last who have had these thoughts creep in especially when we are tired, Satan can have a field day. I didn’t realize how much words of others consumed my thoughts that stole my time and my joy until my hubby said – Can we change the subject? SMACK! My focus had been changed from the positive to Doubting Debbie
Then as I read through my emails, I received this video link from a colleague – thank you Lynette:
Do you think God is trying to send me a message? How many times have we compared ourselves to others? How many times have you wondered if you are good enough? Smart enough? How often do we take someone’s passing comment to heart, letting it steal our joy? Have you let someone’s words ruin the rest of your day, possibly then soaking in self-pity? You know the infamous pity pot.
We have a choice – I can choose NOT to be offended (okay, so this is going to be a work in progress for me) but I will NOW listen objectively. Here are some questions that may help in this process: What is driving their words? Do they have a valid point? Do they have a deep hurt? Or do they need something I am not giving or able to give? (this is my favorite). Starting today – I will LISTEN and chose NOT to be offended by people’s words or actions. I will TRUST and BELIEVE in the plan that God has for me.
What about you? Are you having doubts? Are you letting the negative thoughts or actions of others steal your joy or your time? Try repeating these words: “It is to my glory to not receive this as an offense.” As difficult as it may be, let those words roll off you and continue to move forward. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!