CREATIVE OR REACTIVE?
E-R-I-T-A-E-C-V. Meaningless letters strung together.
What do we get when we rearrange them?
C-R-E-A-T-I-V-E or R-E-A-C-T-I-V-E. Same letters – totally different meaning. It all depends on our attitude. Many of us are reactive most of the time. What does that mean? It means that we react negatively to situations or people instead of looking for positive solutions. Being reactive often means being confrontational.
Take, for example, the age-old problem of your kids or your husband leaving dirty clothes on the floor. It’s recipe for a blow-up. It’s too much to expect them to pick them up and put them in the laundry basket in the bathroom!!! Instead of using this situation as an opportunity to vent your spleen and create resentment and rebellion, Moms, why not put a funky laundry basket in each child’s bedroom and plan a treat when they co-operate.
Instead of raising Cain when someone offends you, why not go to the person concerned and say, “Let’s talk. What did you mean?” So often our anger is aroused, not because the other person meant harm but because we have taken it up the wrong way.
God definitely has pet themes in Scripture. One of them is unity. Why? Because He created the universe to reflect Himself. The Jewish creed is very simple, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”(Deut 6:4). In His high priestly prayer (John 17), Jesus’ plea to the Father was that His disciples (including us) might be one as He and the Father and Spirit are one. The Apostle Paul urged the Ephesian church to “make very effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph 4:3) All the gifts in the church are to function in harmony to produce one thing – unity expressed by our mature way of handling life(Eph 4:13).
Unity in the body of Christ is destroyed when we can not longer trust one another, when the church is no longer a safe place where we can be ourselves and fail without condemnation. Scandal and gossip are sure ways to destroy trust. God regards talking about people behind their backs as so serious that He lumps them together with murderers, adulterers, prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, drunkards and idolaters. (1 Corinthians 6:9,10).
Come on, church, let’s make a considered decision to ban talking about one other from our lips. Let’s make our churches and our homes so safe that we know we can trust each another to protect our names, no matter what! That’s really being creative.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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