>> Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Up next on A2Z..."H"
Not exactly a letter that screamed possibilities, (unless you’re a horse fanatic.) Hmmm...
I reviewed my week to see if anything outstanding had happened when a recurring theme began to emerge. And I quickly attempted to shove it aside. Surely I didn’t need to write about THAT…But it seemed there was no escape so here it is:
I’ve been annoyed lately. A lot.
My fuse has gotten so short, it lights up like a cheap firecracker. And most of the time it’s over stupid stuff. But when things pile up, I tend to blow.
For example, I had a business give me lip service about customer service while treating me unfairly, parroting canned responses, and even insinuating that THEIR error was my fault.
Then there was the repairman that kept spinning me off, breaking promises, and insulting my intelligence just because I was a “clueless” female. (He soon found out I was anything but…)
On top of all this, the betrayal of inanimate objects started to make me so paranoid; I accused my hair of joining the conspiracy.
I guess in my neat and tidy world, I always think things should go my way. Fair treatment ought to be the norm. People should keep their word and have integrity. Things will never break and inconvenience won’t happen.
But life goes awry on a regular basis and my temper ramps up. I can throw a fit faster than a four-year-old in Wal-Mart. And it has become apparent that my attitude stinks.
Deciding I needed a touch from God (probably right upside the head) I turned to the instruction manual:
Make allowances for each other's faults and forgive anyone who offends you.
Col. 3.13 NLT
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Eph. 4.32 NLT
I’m supposed to overlook faults and forgive others. Be nice, keep my temper in check, and have a tender heart. I don’t need to be a doormat, but it’s painfully obvious that I need to learn to handle conflict without flying off the handle. Maybe a little acceptance would help too…
Here' some things I've learned:
· Life is full of injustices and sometimes I will be mistreated.
· People don't always keep their word. Deal with it.
· Things break.
· Bad haircuts happen.
· And none of it is the end of the world.