Back in the days of my youth, puberty influenced the behavior of junior high students. In the transition from Elementary to High School, students bodies drastically changed as each slowly became a man or woman. This change was on full display at lunch everyday in the cafeteria. Chatting, gossiping and staring was a common practice. As estrogen and testosterone collided, fights would flare up weekly. Meanwhile, rumors often spread like wildfires, creating tension between friends. This atmosphere set the stage for normal events to be completely blown out of proportion. Looking back at these spats, I should have been more level headed by reflecting, “is it really that big of a deal?”
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you, Proverbs 25:21-22.
One of my break rooms at work has ESPN on one side of the room with CNN on the other. The only problem is ESPN is muted and CNN’s volume is pretty loud. A day doesn’t go by without a host or panelist flipping out about something President Trump did, said or tweeted. While I am trying to eat my dinner, I feel as if I have been transported back in time to junior high. Instead of participating, I am people watching, observing how much adults are getting worked up about comments, criticism and policies signed via presidential orders. To a certain extent this is funny and sad at the same time. Perhaps, these media members need to relax, not take everything so seriously and began to ponder, “is it really that big of a deal?”
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord,” Romans 12:19.
When I was in high school, my father had a horrible temper. I contribute this to his drill instructor in the Army since this is how he acted for several years. Early on as a parent, I had my own regrettable movements, flipping out and ultimately having a negative influence on my children at times. While I am far from perfect, the Lord has calmed me down except driving for now. I guess you can say I am work in progress with a long way to go. Nonetheless, it’s essential to apply the advice the apostle Paul provides in the verse above. Instead of letting things beyond your control to get you riled up, allow the Lord to fight for you. If you do, you may come to the conclusion, it’s not that big of a deal.
by Jay Mankus