“A fool is quick tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.”
Proverbs 12:16 (NLT)
A couple of weeks ago, I sat in the student center of a local church, at the 2018 Priscilla Shirer Simulcast. Although it was a Christian event, I’d felt out of place all day. From the moment I got out of my car, before I ever entered the building, I’d received stares and awkward glances from other women attending. It continued throughout the entire 8-hour event. And, the lady sitting behind me kept coughing without covering her mouth (something that makes me feel uncomfortable).
Towards the end of the event, Priscilla Shirer told a joke and the lady behind me spit her water out, onto my neck and the back of my sweater and dress. I went to the bathroom to clean the mess. I had to take my sweater off and my dress was still drenched 🙃 In that moment, I thought to myself, “You know what, they spit on Jesus too.”
I’d already felt so uncomfortable and singled-out that day. To have someone spit on me in front of everyone, and not even seem to care, was humiliating. There’s more to the story which I may share another day. But the situation reminded me that our reactions matter. There’s nothing I could have done or said that would have changed what happened. Being rude with the lady would have only worsened the situation, and it would have also looked bad on my part.
We are ambassadors for Christ – at all times. I am by no means perfect and I don’t always react in the best way. However, I do realize that what we do and say matters. How we treat people matters. You never know who’s watching or whose being influences by your words and your choices. God cares about how we treat people, as well as how they treat us. If someone has wronged you, trust that God will deal with their heart. Your job is to keep shining the light He has given you, and never let it go dim.
How do you react when you are insulted? Or when things don’t go your way? Ask God for help in those areas where you are not as strong, and that you will be consistent in honoring Him with your life and your choices.
“‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)