The Bible says that there is a time and a season for everything.
There’s a time to be born and die. To feel happy and sad. Time to work and a time to relax. There is a time to speak and to refrain from speaking. There is a time to to say yes and a time to say no.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV
There is a time to stop making the same mistakes over and over and begin to learn from previous experiences. Listen. There is even a time to stop eating. Keep trying to eat that sweet potato pie when you know you full. Your body will reject it and you’re going to fill sick.
There is time for everything, but there is also one thing that I feel we devote too much time towards: Proving who we are to other people.
You can make one bad decision or one mistake and people will become unforgiving, forget allll of the good things you have done or stood for, and then throw you under a bus and pray that you get hit by it- all from one minor mishap. Oh how the dirt that they have swept under a rug quickly becomes unnoticeable.
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5 NKJV
I want to encourage you today. Overcome evil with good. When someone is deliberately being hateful, rise above their opinion and be great. Responding to their hate with hate does not make you any better. I’ll admit, that is not easy. Oooh my GAWD it is not…carnally, but spiritually, it is very much so possible and should be the attitude we should strive towards. Most acts of malice come from a place in a person’s life where they have either been hurt or are unhappy with themselves.
Be good, but don’t waste time trying to prove it!