Act or React?

“In playful frolic the women sang,
‘Saul kills by the thousand,
David by the ten thousand!’
This made Saul angry—very angry.” 1 Samuel 18:7

Yesterday at the fitness center, I chatted with the young woman at the check-in desk. She had that “bored to death” look, as Sundays are quiet days. I asked her how she spent her time while not busy. “I watch Netflix a lot. I gave up Facebook. Everything is political and negative. I couldn’t take it anymore.”

I understand her. Someone invents something helpful and fun, and negativity tries to destroy it. I use the “unfollow” option on Facebook often. I refuse to tolerate ugly language, slander, gossip, and any other kind of cyber abuse. Occasionally, I’ll read comments on a political post and wonder why people react to comments as if they were personally being assaulted.

In 1 Samuel 18, I was impressed with how David reacted to the assaults of King Saul. Saul’s son, Jonathon, and David had become best friends. Saul embraced him and even put him in charge of military operations. When he became successful, Saul felt threatened and hated David. On two occasions he hurled his spear at him, but David escaped and didn’t let Saul’s bad behavior affect him: “David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. (vs. 14, NKJV)

We can learn from David that we need to act as if the Lord is behind all our actions and not just react.

Lord, thank you for following us into all our battles. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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