“People are not known by how they act when they’re in control, but how they react when things are beyond their control” (John Maxwell).
Life is full of people and circumstances that are going to “press your buttons”. Everyday we all have ample opportunities to react.
When tempted to react in a negative manner we can do the following:
Realise that everyone you meet could be fighting a battle. Other people’s lives are not necessarily easier than yours. Perhaps today they are feeling lonely, misunderstood, and hurt. Out of the mouth the heart speaks, so a sure indication of a hurting person on the inside is what they say on the outside.
Reacting in a positive, reassuring manner will produce better results than reacting in a negative way. If faced with anger and negativity, even though it can be difficult, diffuse the situation by going in the opposite spirit. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger“. (Proverbs 15:1).
There is no better way to share our faith, love and values than by our reactions.The fruit of the Spirit, and what we believe is not displayed in easy times but when we are under pressure. “But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself”. (Galatians 5:22-23)
When you feel yourself running out of love, patience, kindness, goodness and self control, realise you don’t have to handle life alone. Jesus offers us His love that never fails, His strength that moves mountains, and His power that brings life where there is only loss and disappointment. When under pressure don’t do it alone, reach out and take a hold of Jesus and all He is.”He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29). You can do all things through Jesus who gives you strength” (Philippians 4:13).
Prayer: Lord forgive me where I have been reacting. Help me to be aware of those people and circumstances that “push my buttons,” and cause me to react negatively. Please give me wisdom and self control to know what and how to behave in those situations I find myself in. Fill me with your love, strength and ability. In Jesus Name Amen.