If you’re facing trouble, relationship conflicts, struggles and pain that could deepen your character, let me ask you a simple question: Are you backing down from trouble? Are you afraid to show trouble who you really are? Have you, somehow, bought into the lie that creating a beautiful life would be easy? That you would never be opposed? That conflict would never involve hard work to reach for creative solutions?
A friend of mine recently shared Hello Trouble, a great Gerber knife video with me and as you go into this weekend…
I’d like to encourage you to watch this video two or three times. Soak it in. Ask God to show you where your heart goes when trouble gets in your grill. Consider, how do you respond to trouble? Do you back down? Do you engage? Do you go passive? Or are you aggressive, but obnoxiously so, coming out swinging with a harsh defensiveness you are blind to? Or do you pray, reflect, ask Jesus for wisdom how to best respond? Jesus certainly didn’t engage with every conflict in front of him, especially when he was being baited by the religious elite.
Trouble does and will test us. When trouble knocks at your door, it takes wisdom to know when to invite it in, when to keep the door shut, and when to take it outside. Game on.
Trouble reveals the best of us and the worst of us. Whatever your response, don’t back down from trouble. Show trouble who you really are.
Question: How do you handle trouble? When is it wise to engage or disengage in a conflict? How can your troubles deepen your character and develop deeper union with God?
I’d love your thoughts and comments.
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