I've been thinking a lot lately about how people can be so mean. I especially don't understand how people who profess to be Christians can have such and ugly spirit and live in a way that is against everything they claim to believe. This year we encountered a person who could possibly be the nastiest, meanest person I've ever met. How does someone get so off-track with their thinking? Is it insecurity that makes a person try to manipulate everyone? Tell lies about other people? I've tried wrapping my brain around it and I'm just stumped. I'm not sure what makes a person think they can control anything at all much less EVERYTHING.
I do know one thing. People can see through a person and see their true character. It may not happen right away but eventually it will happen. Do you live your life in such a manner that people know you're a good person? Do you have to tell people what a good person you are? Do you tell people what good acts you do? Or do you just let your actions speak for you?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I am not going to be able to change this person that has been so mean. All I can do is choose how I want to live my life and work towards my own goals. So today I'm reminding myself of the things that I value and my personal ambitions.
I am going to work on seeing the positive in every situation. Even when things don't go my way there is a lesson to be learned.
I'm going to see the good in people and try to understand that sometimes when people act ugly it's because they are hurting, insecure, or having their own personal struggles. I am going to practice compassion and patience, and I will not let others influence me who do not practice compassion or patience.
I am going to forgive others for their wrongdoing. This is tricky. I can't just say I forgive and then continue to dwell on their past actions. I am going to genuinely try to forget the past and look at the present. Holding grudges will only hurt me. I do not need or want that negativity in my life.
I'm going to surround myself with like-minded happy, positive, loving people.
I'm going to count my blessings! I'm going to be content with my life.
I am going to work on my physical and spiritual well-being.
I'm going to make an effort to connect with family that I've gotten out of touch with.
I'm going to remember my goals and not let my time be manipulated by outside forces. This means turning off, and tuning out the outside world sometimes.
I'm not expecting perfection but these are my goals! I'm ready for this weight to be lifted off of my shoulders and move on from the situation of the past.
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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