My eyes grew wide, while my bottom jaw dropped, “She said what about me?” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I made a joke and dismissed the remark, only for it to invade my thoughts later that day.
I searched my mind hoping to find the answer as to why this person would say such a thing. Had I verbally snapped at her? Purposefully been mean? Looked at her the wrong way? I could think of nothing.
“The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground-trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden He placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil…but the Lord God warned [Adam], ‘You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden-except the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:9,16-17
My mind told me I was a horrible person, not easy to get along with. Though I may never win the ‘Miss Congeniality’ award, I honestly thought I had left the ‘Mean Person’ title behind years ago.
Would I continue beating myself up, and let condemning thoughts cloud my mind and invade my emotions? Or, would I take the situation to the Lord where I could rest mentally and emotionally in Him? I had a decision to make.
Life was my tree of choice. I chose to believe what God says about me. I chose to think on those things that are lovely, true and of good report. Though I still needed to clear the air with the person concerned, I rested in the Lord while I waited.
“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19
Everyday we have a choice to make, do we choose the way of life or the way of death? To believe the best of people or the worst? To live in rest or turmoil? It’s hard to let go of the condemning thoughts, somehow, they get right under your skin and feel so right, yet so wrong. They are definitely wrong and only stay there with our permission.
Evict the Scoundrel!
As children of the Living God, Satan no longer has legal rights to us. Don’t entertain his lies. Send him packing by choosing to live in the Tree of Life.
As for the lady; all is well. The situation was nothing like my thought were conjuring up. So glad I didn’t waste time and energy in the land of turmoil.
Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.
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