“Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself cursed other.” Ecclesiates 7:21-22 [ESV]
Have a thick skin! Don’t take personally everything people say. Don’t be quick to take offense. If we are slow to take offense, we give people time to reconsider hastily spoken words. If we are slow to take offense, we allow words and feelings expressed in a moment of anger or frustration to pass away and be replaced by thoughts and feelings based on more information and a calmer spirit.
When we are quick to take offense, we can cement into place negative thoughts and feelings, bitter resentments, and broken relationships that might otherwise have passed if given a little time.
© 2010 Gary A. Chorpenning