Affirmation Bible reading: “He has showed you, O man or woman, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”Micah 6:8
We have a choice in every life situation: the easy reaction or the good reaction. If we constantly choose easy reactions, we will keep on repeating the same mistakes and never really make any forward progress. Easy isn’t the new good.
Are your reactions explosive, where you blame others or do you quietly seethe by building barriers and collecting retaliation rocks? ‘Exploders’ choose the easy way over the good when they embrace a semblance of honesty but refuse to be reined in by godliness. On the other hand ‘Seethers’ also choose the easy over the good when they embrace a semblance of godliness (they look like peacemakers) but refuse to be reined in by honesty.
In God’s play park, people don’t sit on opposite sides of the conflict seesaw. People sit on one side and Satan sits on the other. When we dump painful things into another’s life, we are not leveling the conflict seesaw, we are just weighing down the people side and elevating Satan’s side. The you-against-me stance is not healthy conflict resolution. We need to realise that it is us against Satan. He is the real enemy. Don’t let him win!
Now imagine if we used godly honesty in a situation and offered grace (free and unmerited favour) instead of retaliation. It is not weakness to choose a gentle path, it is a godly strength.
Meditate on the following: Romans 12:21 ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’
“I am the voice of the voiceless; Through me, the dumb shall speak. Till the deaf world’s ears be made to hear the wrongs of the wordless weak. And I am my brother’s keeper, And I will fight his fights; And speak the words for beast and bird, till the world shall set things right.”Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Your social responsibility is to do what is good and right and to raise your voice against bullying:
Relax by interrupting anxious thinking
It can be very hard to think clearly when you feel anxious. Anxious thinking can make us believe harmful thoughts which are actually untrue and cause us to take actions that make our anxiety worse. Break anxious thoughts so that you can think clearly and take appropriate actions.
- Recognise that your anxiety is a problem for you
- Sing a silly song about your anxiety to an upbeat tempo or speak about your anxieties in a funny voice. Write the words to your song in your journal.
- Choose to focus on a nice thought instead of your anxiety. Doodle some nice thoughts in your journal while you listen to music.
- Read a book
- Allow your brain to notice how much better you feel when you shift your focus from anxious thoughts.
Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for giving me Your perspective on my relational struggles. It’s not always easy in the midst of trouble, but it helps me to remember who the real enemy is. Today, I ask for Your grace in my relationships. Give me the courage and strength I need to be gentle in all conflict situations in my life. Help me to make difficult choices and to stand for what is right, even when it makes me unpopular. Help me to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with you Lord. Amen.
Food Diary: B complex vitamins, help increase your body’s resistance to life’s stressors. You can find vitamin B in milk, cheese, eggs, liver and kidneys, meat, fish, shellfish, dark green vegetables, potatoes, avocados, beets, whole grains, beans, chickpeas, nuts, seeds, citrus fruit, bananas, watermelon, soy milk, wheat germ, yeast and blackstrap molasses