It is amazing how life’s experiences can teach us invaluable lessons. Wisdom gives insight and lends itself to proper timing as it relates to how we should respond in any circumstance. How we respond speaks volumes about who we are, how we think, and what is in our hearts. One of my favorite scriptures that I walk by minute by minute is,“Know this my beloved brothers, But let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. (James 1:19 ESV ). I have learned that every comment doesn’t need to be dignified with a response. Silence is an indicator of strength and can be effective in the correct circumstance. Then there are times when a topic or issue should be candidly discussed and called to the carpet respectfully.
We are all faced daily with the choice of how we will respond to people, comments, situation, and ideas. We must recognize that we are not responsible nor do we have power over anyone’s actions. However, we must be accountable for how we behave and our response to a situation. God will equip you with the tools that you need to make wise decisions. It is impossible to do this in our own strength because the flesh will always disregard God’s way. Our flesh wants to be in the forefront and before you realize it you have said too much, spoken too soon, and reacted to quickly. At this point, the damage has been done and it’s too late to recant.
Social Media is also a contributing factor to how we respond. Social media era is both a blessing and a curse in society. It is a wonderful platform to stay abreast of what is happening in the world around us. Unfortunately, we get into overload because we are continuously bombarded with images, information, and opinions. It can be quite overwhelming and exhausting! The trending topics most times deal with an individual being reckless by making a controversial comment out of ignorance or to garner attention. There is something unfolding at every turn of the day. It is important to have peace in your life because it reflects on your wellbeing. God wants to bring you to a place where peace abounds. Give yourself permission to disconnect from social media throughout the day to have moments of peace. You don’t need permission to unsubscribe, unfollow and sever ties with people or personas that don’t add value to your life. Make a decision today as to how you will positively respond to negative situations. Be intentional with all that you do because you are a Kingdom representative.
Peace Be Unto You,