Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.” Ephesians 4:1-3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be an easy person to be with”
I once had the pleasure of working with a man who was a joy to be around. He was humble and kind, he had an easy-going way about him, and he laughed easily and often. And also, importantly, he was seldom offended. Even when someone did or said something unkind to him he was able to shrug it off and quickly return to his typical easy-going and joyful self.
That was many years ago but I remember it vividly to this day because he made such a positive impression on me. Oh, and by the way, that took place in a work environment where there was a considerable amount of strife and dissension between many other workers. It was a place where there was frequently arguing, backbiting, and distrust. But his man was a breath of fresh air and a positive influence in an otherwise unpleasant place. He was the kind of person the Apostle Paul was writing about in Ephesians 4:1-3. Being a person like that will make a positive difference in your home or your workplace, in your neighborhood and in your church.
As we consider New Year’s resolutions that would help to improve the health of our most important relationships, becoming a kinder, gentler, happier person who is not easily offended would be a good move for any of us. There are many Bible studies and other books on this subject which would be well worth your time and which would help to develop better relationship skills. “The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere is a Christian classic. It explains how Satan uses the emotion of being offended, to create innumerable unnecessary problems in human relationships. The study teaches us how to recognize the bait for what it is, and then how to resist taking the bait.
“The Anger Management Workbook”, by Les Carter and Frank Minirth will help you recognize the many forms anger can take, the damage it does, and how to handle it effectively.
And then a non-Christian book which has also helped millions of people develop better relationship skills, and which is a time-honored classic is, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
One of the best things you can do to care for and nurture your most important relationships is to be an easy person to be with.