If you want to follow along in my 30 day challenge be sure to check out the 30 Days to Peace: How to Minimize Strife & Enjoy Your Life.
Here we are at day 5 and I pray you are still hanging on with me, retraining our own minds to react in a spirt of peace. This new reaction will calm your body, create peace in your life and help you enjoy life in a whole new way.
For many people, high stress is caused by other individuals, they could be co-workers, a nasty boss or an ex-spouse. These individuals many times don’t know or flat out don’t care what kind of issues they’re bringing in your life. These are also the kind of people that send you a random e-mail or text message in the early morning just to start your whole day off with stress.
Read the above quote again, “You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”
How do you react when you get a nasty phone call? How do you react when your boss smarts off at you in public? How do you react when you get a text message? Do you fire back? Do you think of all the most hateful things you could possibly say in that moment and send them flying back or do you just let it go?
For me personally, the last 2 years have been a roller coaster. I’ve been very blessed to have an amazing counselor throughout the whole time though and I remember, right there at the beginning when it was all just starting he said to me, “Sarah, take the high road.”
The situation that hit me nearly two years ago was unreal, all I wanted to do was scream out what had happened and how wrong it was but instead, he encouraged me to take the high road saying God would defend me.
That one situation was the beginning of many that followed and for two years I have dealt with the offspring of other people’s hate. In all of that however, I never did get down in the gutter, I made a very difficult choice through all that has been wrong, to take the high road. I deal with things legally that need to be dealt with but for all the rest, I react with silence.
Reacting to other people with more anger, hate and malice will only hurt you in the end. If you have children, remember, they’re also watching how you react to situations. As parents, we have to bring our kids up in a home of peace to the best of our ability and teach them how to respond in peace when life hits them. Reacting to strife with more strife will not give you an enjoyable life.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 (Amplified Bible)
Don’t let other people (the thief) steal your joy or your peace. Christ died so we can “have AND enjoy life” and the only way to do that is to react with peace and know that God will defend you.
Sarah Ann is an author, speaker and media personality committed to honesty, vulnerability and authenticity. She has a passion for empowering people who are willing to be honest and walk out life in Christ together. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Theology and Apologetics, she also owns a clothing company, Ascent516.com and is the creator of SarahAnnSpeaks.com and the Sarah Ann Speaks Podcast. Sarah is featured daily on GEB TV.