Day 28: The Stage Manager
One of the workers of the competition was extremely rude to the competitors. He managed the stage, and his every remark reeked with condescension. He had a place of authority in the competition, and instead of using it to impart encouragement to the competitors, he used his platform to wield a boorish control over others. Watching him boss people around in his sharp, sarcastic tone became like darts of negativity that I had to dodge. His remarks were directed at me many times, and I had to ignore his insults and continue smiling. I couldn’t let his negative behavior justify me forgetting who I was in Christ. I am a “royal priest” of the Most High God, and I would not behave like someone I was not—even when provoked.
After the first competition and before the second one, I went back to my hotel to eat and take a nap. I happened to see the rude stage manager in the elevator. He was surprised and uncomfortable to see me. He no longer had authority over me outside of the stage, and I could tell he didn’t know how to act. He couldn’t rudely boss me around in the elevator, so he simply made a snarky joke and tried to avoid eye contact. He seemed like a different person off the stage than he was on the stage. I, on the other hand, behaved exactly the same, and he could tell. My conduct was guided by truth, not an earthly title or positon. I continued to smile and be respectful. I wouldn’t respond defensively because I cling tightly to the truth that I am loved by God.
It is easy for Christians to get caught up in human emotions. Yes, we can be treated unfairly, but it is up to us to not take offense or not. There are people in the world who are not guided by truth, and they don’t have the same moral compass that we have. However, their disrespectful conduct does not justify our own. There is nothing wrong with standing up for ourselves in situations where it is necessary. But as in the instance of the stage manager, he simply wanted to wield the little power he had, and I just needed to get over it. God had bigger plans for me, and I had to keep an eternal perspective. Rather than waste my energy getting upset over something small, I was able to free up my mind to focus on the rest of my competition.
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19.11 NIV).
God, help me not to take offense to every little rude remark and condensing tone that comes my way. I don’t want my mind to be overtaken by the negative actions of others. I want to stay focused on You, God, and the great things You are accomplishing in and through me. I understand that people may behave in ways that I don’t like—just like I may have my own bad days. I want to offer grace to others while behaving in a way that honors You at all times. The negative actions of others never justify negative actions being produced in my own life. Guide me in all Truth and let my actions always following the moral standard that You have set. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Have you been insulted lately?
- Were you able to continue to behave in an honorable way?
- Have you ever fell victim to the negative emotions of others?
It’s for your benefit to overlook offense!