I have had a bit of a weird week this past week. I have had to struggle with some issues and come to some realizations which were difficult. I have learned that no matter what you do ... how kind you are, how much you give, how hard you work, how much you try to be your best ... if people are wanting to be unaccepting of you, then they will be. You have to roll with the punches, and let it not offend you. I realize this is very difficult and most definitely hurtful, but God showed me Phillippians 2:15 which reads in part ... ”.... that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”
This simply told me that if I were truly accepted in certain circumstances, then it should be my indication I am living too much in the world. We cannot always be as liked as we want to be ... as accepted as we want to be ... as much a part of things as we would want to be ... and still be His light. People are not going to like us no matter what we do, say, wear, behave, work, etc. It is very hurtful and sad, but it is truth. We need to be more concerned with being the light in the world. Him sharing this with me brought me peace and acceptance. I will still be the best me I can be for Him no matter what people or the world throw at me, and He will soothe my hurt when it brings reactions I do not desire. I will still be hurt but I know what to do when I am.
Then, I have had to deal with people not being who you thought they were. Sure they are kind and accepting of you when they need you, but other than that forget it. Again, it hurts, but you have to realize and see their pain ... their brokenness that causes them to do this. People get treated badly by friends, family, acquaintances, etc., and wonder why when in reality they treat others the same. You cannot be cold and hurtful to others when you desire, but the world says you can. We, as Christians, have to rise above this. We have to be kind in the midst of a cruel and ugly world. We have to learn to forgive and to truly turn that other cheek. You ... and I, believe me ... may have to step back from the situation and pray ... pray HARD ... in order to achieve this but it is what Jesus requires of us. I can hear you saying, “Sure, right! I am not made like that and I will not allow others to mistreat me, etc.” I do hear you and I feel EXACTLY the same. I have had to do a lot of talking to myself this week and in the past to get over hurtful things said to me ... hurtful actions towards me ... people snubbing me. I have had to pray A LOT, but ultimately I did it His way and came away feeling much better. He did not change the situation or the people, but He changed me. I am a better person because of it, and it truly opens my heart to be able to pray for the others.
Ok, I have to run. I have a road trip to get prepared for, but be blessed today. AND, more importantly be a blessing!