What do you do when you stump your toe? You may grab your toe, dance around a bit but I’m betting it doesn’t land you in the hospital. I’m betting the ranch that after you’ve done your little dance you get on with whatever you were doing.
What do you do when you hit your “funny bone”? I’m guessing you grab your elbow, grimace a minute and then shake it off and get back to what you were doing.
What do you do when you bump your head? I’m guessing you gingerly touch the spot to see how bad it is but pretty soon you’re back to what you were doing, having learned a lesson to be more careful the next time you put your head in that spot.
So what do you do when your feelings get hurt?
Please tell me you are not one of those people who go around for the rest of the day whining and pouting. (I’ve seen people carrying on like this for days and even years.)
Hey, life happens. Anytime there are two or more people involved in anything feelings are going to get hurt. Sometimes it is intentional, but mostly it just one of those things that happen when life is happening around you.
Either way, shake it off, put your big boy pants on and get on with what you’re supposed to be doing. You don’t let a bumped little toe ruin your day; why would you allow your hurt feelings to ruin your day?
- The ONE THING for today: Your “feelings” and the feeling in your little toe are of about the same importance; important, but not important enough to allow them to ruin your day.
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Colossians 3:12-14 (MSG)