One of the most valuable lessons I learned over 17 years of being a pastor is to learn to laugh. A lot.
Gone are the formers days of being offended all the time, mad at people who leave the church. Those days are over (mostly) over. People will give me backhanded compliments and now I just say, “Thank you” and not read too much into it.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE OFFENDED BY LITTLE JABS WHEN WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED GIVING THE DEVIL A KNOCKOUT PUNCH.
People have told me, “Pastor, you’re almost as good at preaching as your dad.” I used to fume at that backhanded compliment. Now, I just say, “Wow! Thank you.”
Life is way too short to be bothered by things that pertain to ego. Be quick to say sorry, be quick to make peace, and be quick to get over stuff.
Offenses can make us cynical to the point where it takes away all our creativity and innovation. It also makes us unattractive in our calling, leadership, and parenting.
I’ve seen many people overcome pain and suffering, yet, brought to their knees by a small offense. Don’t let it happen. These things build up. The only thing we need to build up is momentum to fulfill our calling and that only happens through a spirit that hadn’t been poisoned by a bitter spirit.