This cracks me up. One of those funny truths.
Some days people are just too hard.
Day’s when you’re:
Paul had an answer.
Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:12–15
If you’re like me, you’re thinking . . . that is so not what I needed right now. You might also be thinking . . . Paul would not be saying that if he had to put up with my husband, children, or neighbors who are currently poking repeatedly at my last nerve.
Practical Steps for Days When You Can’t People
1. Remember to Pray – Start with prayer. God is very aware of the annoyances in your life. He knows what happened yesterday and knows what the rest of today looks like. Oh yeah, tomorrow and the next day too. He knows. Talk with Him and be ready to listen.
2. Remember to Be Thankful – Start with the end in mind and be thankful for the people.
I remember a time early in our marriage when Rev neglected something I’d asked him to do . . . again and again. I was pregnant, hormonal, and very annoyed. As I took care of the truthfully unimportant task myself with full-blown crankiness I heard God’s quiet whisper. “Would you prefer he wasn’t here?”
It wasn’t a threat. Just a question. What’s more important the relationship or being right? It’s a question that still blesses our marriage. And I do believe Rev has to ask himself more often than I do.
3. Remember God’s love – You live under the filter of God’s love and forgiveness. The people in your life live under that same filter. Make it a habit of looking at them through His filter.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9
4. Remember God’s Help – You don’t have to do it alone. You don’t have to be perfect or strong. I often wonder if there were days when Jesus was just tired of dealing with people. We don’t know. We do know He took time to be alone with His Father. He returned again and again to prayer trusting the Father to provide everything He needed.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13
5. Take Care of Yourself and Remember to Breathe in Wonderful – Get enough rest. Eat healthy. Stay as active as possible. Do something you enjoy each day. Sometimes it just takes a few minutes alone with great music, a good book, a walk outside, or whatever feed our heart. Trust God to restore you.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3–4
6. Write down the words in Colossians 3:12 – Mercy, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness, Patience, Forgiveness, Peace, and Love. Carry them with you and remember the positive change they can make in your life.
Finally – Remember It’s Possible You May Be Annoying on Occasion.
Give the same grace you receive from God and you’d like to receive from others.
Quotes to Help –
“You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.” ~Unknown
“Everybody has a hot button. Who is pushing yours? While you probably cannot control that person, you CAN control the way you react to them.” ~Unknown
“Difficult People are your key to self empowerment, you need to learn how to cope with them, not let them dominate and affect you.” ~Janice Davies
“We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding.” ~Billy Graham
Ask yourself, “Will a reaction to this person contribute to the things that matter most to me?” ~Tina Su
Take a deep breath and get ready – Are you ready for people today?
What do you do on days when you can’t people?