Probably we all have experienced this: For weeks everything feels hunky-dory. Life is terrific, we feel loved and nobody close to us is sick or dying. Most things on our To Do Lists get crossed off. We smile a lot, have a bit of fun and can actually pay our bills. The sun shines often, we remember to take our vitamins and we're feeling pretty darn great.
And then Bam! Boom! Skid.......... Crash!
Somebody (probably a friend or relative) accuses us of something dreadful, something which wasn't inside our brains, on our radar, or even close to being our intention.
Ever been there?
And the weird thing is that Secure Folks say, "Why be upset when you're accused of something you didn't do? Just thumb your nose at that person, laugh and move on."
Why be upset?! Because it hurts to be misunderstood, that's why. To be watched and then accused. To have your actions judged as incorrect, evil or pointless. That type of stuff can make you question, "Does everybody else see me that way?" and pretty much turn your world upside-down, making what you once knew as facts, appear skewed. Confusing.
But oh... During your recovery from that sudden (unfair) fast-ball-in-the-head from left-field, don't you love it when Jesus finally whispers:
"Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you." ... 1 Peter 4:12
... and then this:
"In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." ... 2 Timothy 3:12
Yeah, I do, too.
Now, of course I'm not talking about the times when we actually were stupid and someone called us on it. Uh, no.
No, today I'm just encouraging you to not allow yourself to be blown away by those annoying Naysayers sent to 'test your quality.'
What's a Naysayer?:
"Naysayers tend to blend in with those around them rather well, granted they have learned over the years to adapt to their surroundings. However, when the opportunity arises, their true nature will be exposed and they will stop at nothing to exclude others or bring a general sense of negativity to any situation."
Know anyone like that?
But here's one of the best secrets, ever: Always let Naysayers make you better, not bitter. When you're accused of what you did not do, raise your sword higher and determine that you'll become more courageous, more forgiving, more loving.
And let those times send you running to God, so close in fact, that you can smell the very perfume from Heaven upon the collar of His robe. It's at that place where He will heal you.
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." ... Ephesians 6:11