Birthday blunder. I got up this morning, dim and early, to fetch birthday balloons for my daughter. I burst into her room with said balloons, singing “happy berfday” off-key, only to turn on the light and notice that one of them says, “Happy Birthday, Boy!” Ayayay. Her laugh was priceless. We had a great time joking about it, lazily fumbling around in her room, right before she gets ready for school. I may not be the brightest bulb. I’m just the loudest. Here’s to the wonderful mistakes with good intentions –> or good intentions with wonderful mistakes.
People will break our hearts. They will push our buttons. They will attack our character, the way we dress, and what kind of parents we are. I learned that God’s grace is too big and too good to take this personally. Getting our feelings hurt is inherent in ministry, parenting, relationships and friendships. How we deal with that moment of offense and heartbreak is where God can really show up in our lives. I want to encourage you, that if someone has said something or done something to make you feel like it’s just not worth it, please take that opportunity to get back in God’s Word and meet with Him about what He has set aside for you. And take a moment to think about how you can love that enemy – whether it’s through prayer, through silence/space/distance or by getting another person involved to spiritually tend to the situation. I pray that you can turn to the Lord today and surrender that heartbreak. When they kick you in the teeth, smile wide.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” Matthew 5:44