This happens to me quite often—in this realm of Christian and inspirational publishing. I read a lot of good stuff. I read a lot of scripture, sometimes sermons or other food for thought. And just when I catch on to a nugget, I get to put it into practice right away. I call it God’s sense of humor (and timing).
This week I’ve been working on a study guide for a book. The writer has a very practical style that has captured many people’s attention and helped us live better lives. In one particular passage, this author says whenever someone offends her (offend as in perhaps doesn’t speak or isn’t chatty, etc), she prays immediately for the person and basically keeps it moving. She realizes the “offense” may have nothing to do with her and she takes that person to God in prayer.
I was intrigued by that idea for several reasons, mainly because I’m trying to be more intentional about praying without ceasing—all day, every day about everything.
And then it happened—right in the middle of my day, I was offended (and I mainly work at home alone!). The potential offense put me in a sour mood—and you know it really could not be about me, but it still has me thinking over a few scenarios between me and this person. So instead of going off on the person (when this is not even appropriate) or bringing it up because I have a hunch (in a relationship that isn’t a priority), I’m up thinking about it. I’ve tried praying and turning it over to God as soon as the thoughts creep in my mind, but…
I’ve concluded that I apparently need some practice in this area! Some things may be turned over quicker than others while some things take time and repetition. So, I will practice what I preach and write and prompt others to do—I will keep at it! I vow to pray for this person specifically every time that thought or potential snub creeps into my mind. I won’t talk about it over and over, call up girlfriend after girlfriend and rehash it. I will release it—each time it crops up!
How do you handle offenses?
“…And we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 B, NIV)