It can be extremely difficult to deal with aggravating people and aggravating situations. The bad news is life is filled with passive aggressive people and people who don’t like to communicate with grace and kindness, or even communicate at all. The great news is you get to control your reaction to those people and situations! And your reaction says a lot more about you than it says about the person you’re reacting to. Remember that.
Someone I look up to, he is like my second dad, reminds me whenever he sees me that my reaction speaks volumes about my character. My reactions say a lot about me. I have control over how I react. And especially being a leader in the church I need to be careful how I react and I need to keep my emotions in check. Words to live by.
I believe Warren Buffet is the one who said “Take the high road, it’s far less crowded.”
Communication, respect, and reactions of grace and humility are key to living a life that honors God and honors those you interact with. In order to have friends, you need to be a friend. Proverbs 18:24 says A man who has friends must himself be friendly.
Being the bigger person means swallowing our pride and frustration and reacting in a way that is kind. Reacting in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. And reacting in a way that shows your character is true and noble, instead of self pleasing and icky. I need to constantly remind myself of that when I’m dealing with people who seem to have it out for me, or are treating me with passive aggressiveness. It isn’t always easy but overall my reaction is my responsibility.