The Jack’s Winning Words blog this morning had this little quote – “Just when I think I’ve learned the way to live, life changes.” (Hugh Prather)
Jack went on to write about lifelong learning to keep up with changing times, which is certainly important. Life goes on and changes occur all around us all of the time. Just when we think we’ve got some technology or social media platform figured out, something new comes along that supplants what we just learned and we’re off on the learning process again.
Much of our “learning” about new things that challenge us is focused upon understanding what it is that is new or different and what new demands those differences are causing. We are always trying to figure out the answer to the question, “What do you want from me? What decisions do I need to make and what should I base those decisions upon?” Sometimes those decisions have no moral content; but, sometimes they do and that is where having the right moral base is important. It is that base, or moral compass, that allows you to make decisions about right or wrong in life. You know what is wrong. Don’t go there.
If you have a base rooted in faith in God and the teachings of Jesus, you will find that no matter how life changes you are ready to make the right decisions. You will know how to live. You can find that base and helpful tips on how to live in the Bible. Certainly, the Bible makes no mention of Facebook and how you should react to a hurtful post there; but, it does clearly give instructions on how to deal with hate, scorn, or other things that might be aimed at you, no matter what the media. That hurtful Facebook post or that casual critical comment is trying to draw you into a bad place. Don’t go there.
Most of our decisions about things that happen during the day are really trying to answer the questions, “How should I react to that? What should I say or do?” Many people that we may see behaving badly around us don’t have a good moral compass to consult before acting or reacting. They may lash out or lash back at some perceived insult, rather than finding it in their hearts to forgive. Their lives are full of open sores at which they constantly pick and make worse. Don’t go there.
Rather than reacting quickly and perhaps badly to situations and changes in life; stop and reflect on the situation at hand in light of the moral base for your life. Perhaps that perceived slight or off-hand remark about you was really a cry for help from someone who desperately needs a friend right now. Maybe it was a wake-up call to you to try harder to understand what is troubling them and find a way to help. It in no way really hurts you, unless you let it. Don’t go there.
Rather, look to the Bible for guidance and find this – . “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32
Get the right base and you will find that no matter how life changes or what it throws at you, you are prepared to learn how to cope with anything because you are standing on the solid base of your faith. “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” – John 5:5
Go there, instead.