I think it’s probably a safe assumption that many of us are awaiting Nov. 3rd with a level of anxiousness, nervousness, and just flat out dread. If I had to pick my top five things that I really dislike, politics is at the top of the list. For me, it’s a necessary evil if you will. But my empathness (not a real word 🙂 ) along with the unique and wonderful way that God has created me in many other ways despises unhealthy conflict.
There will only be one winner on election day which means half of the population will be happy and the other will be mad, no matter which way it goes. So, here’s my question to you. No matter which way it goes, what are you going to do with your reaction?
If the outcome goes your way, will your first instinct be to throw that in someone else’s face (yes even on social media)? If it doesn’t, are you going to rant and rave to anyone who will listen? If I can be so bold as to suggest that neither is beneficial, and neither will change the outcome. What they both will do however is leave a bad taste in the mouth of the people who cross your path.
If we want better, we have to be better. Being better means, if your side doesn’t win, you think before you speak. It means you’re allowed to feel angry, disappointed, frustrated, and yes even a bit broken, but that doesn’t give any of us the right to take that frustration and anger out on other people.
This is not just the case for Nov. 3rd, but a lesson I would hope many of us carry with us in life. There are going to be moments where our “side” doesn’t win. Moments where we don’t close the deal. Where we get passed up for a promotion. When we don’t get accepted into the school of our choice. How are you going to respond?
If you want better, we have to be better. Being better means, if your side does win, you win with grace. It means you don’t go on a tirade about how the other side was horrible anyway and how much your side deserved to win and they deserved to lose.
In life in general, this means when you do get that deal, or that promotion, or that acceptance letter, you reply with a level of graciousness that lets people know you’re a person of integrity and humility.
If we choose to respond instead of react, we may keep ourselves from having to clean up an unnecessary mess (let that one sink in)!
I, like many, am anxious, yet dreading the next few days to come. But again, it’s a necessary evil. Or maybe I should say an evil necessity. 🙂 Either way, it will be here, and we can choose how we will respond. If you want better, choose better. You’re the only one in control of how you respond. And my prayer is that we all choose better.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT