Today I Blew Up

Today I blew up. A parent came to me complaining and attacking me. What she was complaining about was not the school or a teacher but that she had not paid her bill. Fortunately for me, my blowing up was internal, well mostly. When I returned to my desk,  I read the devotional for today from “Our Daily Bread” called “It’s in the Attitude.

Your attitude can affect other’s responses.  Fortunately,  when I looked past the woman’s attitude and saw that she was aggressive because she could not pay, I reevaluated my response.  Her aggressiveness was her self-defense, I could see that vulnerability,  and I helped her and solved her problem.  Her attitude initially affected my attitude. Thanks to God I took a deep breath and all was well.  I wish I always handled things well.

James 1:2   Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jas 1:2–3). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Dear God, When I have problems teach me to accept them with joy and let you work instead of my hurt or anger.