Life in the Sandbox
As we grow up, our “playground” changes from sandboxes and schoolyards to workplaces and neighborhoods, but bullies are still in abundance. Thus, the need for common courtesy and consideration toward others never goes away. Those traits may be even more important now that so many of us play in the sandbox of social media.
Being someone in the entertainment business, I’m deeply aware that what I do and say and post is under constant scrutiny. Honestly, though, I’m no different from you. It only takes a few Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and soon enough, you’re also being scrutinized.
There’s no denying that the culture online trends toward hostility and criticism. Without knowing you or the whole story, people can be pretty quick to judge. I’ve felt that sting many times, from folks who claimed my faith as well as those who believe differently. Once in a while, their words haven’t just stung; I’ve felt outrage and wanted to retaliate, making me even more thankful for Jesus, who proved that turn-the-other-cheek thing is possible.
If it weren’t for Him and His forgiveness toward me, I’m sure I’d be a lot more likely to pop off and vent; you know, let people have a piece of my mind. But as followers of Christ, we have alternatives that actually work!
Sometimes we have to walk away from the fight (which may mean no longer reading people’s comments); most of the time it’s best to hold our tongue; and, every so often, we need to speak up and, with respect, try to help others understand where we’re coming from...but then let it go.
In the sandbox of life, let’s play the way Christ did: Exercise forgiveness, grace, peace. Bless your enemies. Leave vengeance to God. Persist in goodness despite the opposition. And at all times, as far as it depends on us, bring the peace.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. ROMANS 12:18
You know better than anyone, Jesus, that life in the adult sandbox can be rough. I’m looking to You for patience, a peaceful response, and grace toward others.
Candace Cameron Bure
100 Days of Joy & Strength