Most people have personal stories to tell of being treated unjustly, mistreated, overlooked or misused at some point. These injustices may have been experienced at the workplace, at school, in business dealings or even in the home with loved ones. The actions may have been as subtle as not being acknowledged for a job well-done, overlooked for a promotion or ignored by someone of influence. Sometimes the actions are blatant; in the form of verbal or physical abuse. In any case, the pain can linger and can cause feelings of anger or bitterness towards the offender.
Did you know that by allowing yourself to marinate in the stew of bitterness, you create an atmosphere for various types of illnesses, such as ulcers or migraines? Don’t do that to yourself! Keep in mind that the way that others treat you is not necessarily because of a deficiency in you. Many times there is something else going on with them, which has absolutely nothing else to do with you and sometimes you may happen to be their closest or easiest target. Remind yourself that sometimes the person who is persecuting you has often been persecuted themselves. You can diffuse any situation by how you react.
Take action now: Meditate on Corinthians 4:8-9: We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed (NIV)
Embrace this truth: Everybody won’t appreciate the value you bring to the table, but as long as you know your worth, you can’t be held back.