We have no say in how we are treated by others. We can not control what they say about us; whether what they say is true, whether we get a fair shake or whether we are denied the benefit of the doubt.
What we CAN control are our attitudes, actions and reactions.
We can chose to smile, act honorably and take the high road. We can choose to associate our frustration with silence, turn the other cheek, not return evil with evil and turn our “frustrated posts into passionate prayers.” If we have a concern, we can choose to talk TO people and not ABOUT them. We can choose where we expend our energy, what inputs are allowed into our heads and to keep a song in our heart.
We can also choose to worship, spend time in the Word and not just hand over our joy to every boorish person who offends us.
Lots of things are well within our control. LOTS!
Now let’s gear it up, take control over what we can and win a week!
Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL