One random morning at work, I sat in a conference room meeting fidgety, biting my tongue as an IT Contractor criticized my work. I was angry and embarrassed. Her harsh criticism in front of team members and management was unwarranted. I thought to myself, “is she in a bad mood today? If her criticism was indeed valid, did her harsh tone represent her dislike of me? Being a part-time contractor, was she trying to prove something to the company in her attitude towards me with hopes of becoming full-time?” I simmered in my seat and prepared to mount a defense.
Exodus 14:14 (AMP) The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.
Then a cool peace came over me. Thank you Holy Spirit! I didn’t have to say anything or defend myself against her verbal assault. I was free. In a few days I would announce my two-weeks notice to leave the company and start a new job elsewhere. Her opinions didn’t matter. But her personality, words and actions did in reminding me that I’d encountered this type of individual before and will again at the next job. How I handled this uncomfortable situation was only practice for the next challenge.
1 Peter 1:24-25 (AMP) For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”…
John 14:2-3 (NKJV) In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
God then further opened my eyes to reflect on my existence. Life is fleeting, temporal and very much out of our control. Our time on earth is only practice for eternity. We are humans with thoughts and emotions that must resist the urge to shift our physical nature into an overdrive of clouded feelings and harsh words in response to challenges. Trusting God is the only right answer to passing life’s many tests. So don’t stress, it’s just practice.
Name: Brandon Edwards (Co-Founder Faith Rocks)
As a Howard University Alum and NY/LA based writer, Brandon has specialized in editorial research and reporting for a range of magazines and websites from InStyle, Seventeen and Marie Claire to The Source, XXL and allhiphop.com. He currently works as an IT Business Analyst and writes scripts for TV and Film.