Friday, March 31, 2006

You may find this surprising

You might find this shocking, but sometims I can be offended. Gasp!! Those of you who know me well are shocked right down to your toes, I know, but yes, I get offended....

Okay, not offended. Mad.

When I'm treated like I'm a second grader, spoken down to and disrespected. BTW, this has nothing to do with publishing or my marriage or family or finances or the general state of my life.

Yet, I should not be offendable. Or even provoked to anger. If I've died and my life is hidden in Christ, why would an unjust situation anger me?

Because I'm a sinner. Weak. Trapped in the boastful pride of life. My response to the situation has be be Christ like. I can't quit. I can't refuse to do what I'm being told to do and I can't vent. I have to respond in humility even though I believe the situation is wrong.

Even been in this place?

After I got over my initial, "What?!?!" I prayed and talked a long talk with Tony. He is always full of wise counsel. He agrees with me the situation is misordered, but encourages me to have a right, love-centered response.

While I don't agree or like the situation, I welcome the opportunity to refine my character and grow in Christ.

Please, no Staint Rachel's yet, but I am working on it.

Grace and Peace


Hope Wilbanks said...

Ah, but it isn't always so easy. I guess that's because we're human. ;) I've been working on this, too.

Heather Diane Tipton said...

hmm begs the question of what does offend/make mad Rachel.

This week... the Lord kinda smacked me about a situation that has me offended and upset. And I was venting to a friend about it... It's just something I have to let go and have a diff response to the whole thing.

Christine Lynxwiler said...

You hang in there, girl. You're much better at most at not taking offense. So I'm guessing this is a valid concern. :) I appreciate you!


Christine Lynxwiler said...

Ok, that should have been much better THAN most at not taking offense. :) Though maybe I could edit my previous comment, but that's beyond my capabilities! :)