Tuesday, November 1, 2016

One Way to Manage Our Responses to Difficult People


Difficult people: everyone has a few in their life. And we're usually challenged as to how to manage our responses to those difficult people. Especially if they're relatives we can't escape from.

Uncle Henry's constant criticism. Cousin Sally's rudeness. Mom or Dad's unasked-for advice.

When the Lord reminded me recently to pray for and bless a person who had earned the Horribly Hateful Award, I tearfully obeyed. It wasn’t fun, and I made some shocking discoveries about my own faults mirrored in others.

But it also helped me get over the owie in my heart this difficult person had inflicted. Wow. Praying for difficult people who hurt me changes me!

I’ll bet you know of a difficult someone who needs your prayers today.  Will you do it, just to spite the devil? And to help yourself become a little more whole?