Not Letting Anything (or Anyone) Steal Our Joy
Hello there Lovebugs :)
There comes a time when we just have to smile our way through things, and decide that we won't let anything or anyone steal our joy. We will be tested. We will be tried. But we also have a choice as to how we respond to it.
All of us are in charge of our reactions but sadly, some of us don't even know it! We grant power to the people who offend us, upset us and disrespect us, not even realizing that we do. We act out of character, walk around upset when all of the while, they've gone on with their lives. One of the things I personally had to get was I can still remain at peace even when I feel a certain way. I can dislike what someone says or does to me and STILL be happy and joy filled, not letting their remarks or behavior ruin my day! It by far is not an easy thing to do, since some of us are reactionary but that's where the fruit of self-control comes in.
Are you the type of person who explodes at the drop of a dime? Do you let those who upset you know that they do EVERY TIME they do? If yes, then the fruit of self-control needs to be developed in you. Now you may say "but you don't understand, they were very rude to me" or "they disrespect me constantly". Trust me, I know the feeling! But we have to strive to get to a place where we let God deal with them while we remain calm. We have to choose to remain godly and respectable even when we don't feel or believe we're receiving fair treatment. God said "vengeance is mine" (Romans 12:19) so we have to let Him be our Vindicator, let Him fight our battles. What do you think is much more effective, loosing our cool when things irritate us or remaining calm and letting God diffuse the situation?
Some people can REALLY take us there! Lol! There will be people who frustrate us, who are mean to us and who will mistreat us. Those same people are oftentimes the ones who are closest to us! But we have to make a conscious decision to stay in control and remain at peace. If we have to pray, by all means pray. If we have to breath, by all means breath. Taking a quick second to respond to a situation instead of reacting to it will allow us to remain calm and in control. Besides if we argue with a fool and someone's looking, they won't be able to tell which one is the fool!