November 15, 2012

Changing Defects of Character


I used to feel very hurt if anyone gave me an angry look, spoke in a harsh tone, or didn't speak at all. I've grown enough to realize that the look, tone, or mood of another person toward me often has nothing to do with me. It generally has more to do with what is going on inside of the other person.

So why do my feelings still get hurt? It occurs to me that my extreme sensitivity is a form of conceit~I think I am the focus of everyone's actions. Am I so important that everything that goes on around me must have something to do with me? I suspect that attitude reflects my vanity instead of reality. And vanity is simply a defect of character that I am working on changing.

With God's help, my sensitivity to all that happens around me has greatly lessened. I try to ask myself, "How important is it?" When I do carry the hurt, it only hurts and controls me.

Today's Reminder

Other people are important to me, and sometimes their opinions matter, but I may be taking something personally that has nothing to do with me. Having opinions of my own about myself lets me accept other people's thoughts without being controlled by them. 

2 comments:

  1. Those trees in the photo are what we see on the way to the park from our house. Fall leaves always remind me of the changes I look forward to seeing as I continue to grow through this process. God sure is good to allow me to see what I need to see when I need to see it. I'm glad you had a chance to read this. I just knew you would dig it.

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