Life is full of interruptions and trouble–don’t take offense and stumble. Life Point, Joyce Meyer
Over the past couple of weeks, there have been several occasions when I was either offended or I offended someone. So this morning when I settled in with my coffee to watch my favorite speaker, life coach and preacher Joyce Meyer, I wasn’t at all surprised to find that the top four topics that had been added to the line up was on the subject of being offended.
What I found fascinating was the ending of the last one where she listed all the characteristics of people who take offense. They really made her point that:
Offense is totally unproductive;
it steals your peace, your joy, your energy, your power;
and can even steal your health.
And yet, it produces nothing.
People that take offense are:
Selfish–only thinking of ourselves.
Insecure–believe everything is against us.
Negative–creates a negative environment which fosters more negativity.
Easy Mark–leaves us open for unproductive results.
Miserable–makes us unhappy to believe we are offended and makes those we offend unhappy.
Hinders God’s Plan–God can’t take us to the level He wants to lead us to.
Unwise–Avoiding the teachings that God has for us from authority, family, friends, co-workers.
Not Free–Anger keeps us bound and chained.
Another wonderful life point was:
Your value should not be determined by how somebody else has treated you.
This brief missive, plagiarized from my favorite speaker, life coach and preacher Joyce Meyer, is put out here for your benefit. Maybe you are being offended a lot lately, or offending others. Consider the non-productive results of these actions and make corrections. She likened being offended to stumbling over a large stone while traveling down your path.
It is never too late to make amends. In fact, Joyce says the sooner you recognize the offense or speak to the person who offended you, the better. Asking for forgiveness and putting back on the coat of love and compassion is the fastest way to get back on track and ready for that next level you need to achieve.