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Topic: Elephant in the Room (12/05/13)
TITLE: I Felt So Dumb
By Ken Ebright
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Because Karen is a Christian, I couldn't believe she said something so mean.
I felt my blood pressure rising, I wanted to lash out at her, but I buttoned my lips instead. Deep inside of me I was really angry. My flesh wanted to tell her, "Sorry, for the mistake; I am too dumb to count."
Every time I walk into the office, I remember what happened that day. Karen has to verify my count to make sure I didn't make a mistake. I fear she's going to tell me I failed. I worry that I'll feel depressed because I messed up again.
When I was a child, the kids in school made fun of me because I had learning disabilities.
For forty-nine years I've been ignoring this pet peeve of mine. I have had many incidents like this where I got mad at someone who said hurtful words to me.
In today's work environment, if one doesn't get along with others, I might get fired. The last thing I want to do is start an incident where everyone is yelling at each other. Although, in this case, I might've been able to talk calmly to Karen. it might've helped to make things better.
When you are angry, do not sin, and be sure to stop being angry before the end of the day. Ephesians 4:26 (NCV)
My best option is to pray and ask the Lord if I should say something and give me the right words. The Bible says to stop being angry before the day is over. That means I need to deal with anger before it deals with me.
Dear Jesus, conflict is unavoidable in this world, especially at the workplace. When people insult me, give me the strength to deal with their harsh words. Help me to get rid of my anger in a healthy way. If it's appropriate to speak, give me the words to say. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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