People can be really… annoying!
Who knows, maybe you think I’M annoying. (Maybe people think YOU’RE annoying!) Either way, you and I live our days with other people—many of whom rub us the wrong way.
You know who I’m talking about!
It could be someone at work, school or church. It could be someone on your team, or in your family or friendship circle.
The thing with people who annoy us is that they turn us off of whatever they’re saying, regardless of what they’re actually saying. They could have a great idea, but since it’s coming FROM THEM, we immediately discount it.
Some people can summon a strong mood within us, and when that happens, we stop listening, and we also stop being our best. Ravi Zacharias says, “A mood can be a dangerous state of mind, because it can crush reason under the weight of feeling.”
Proverbs 17:24 (NIV) says, “A discerning person keeps wisdom in view…” Here’s something I take from that passage: Intelligent, faithful people try to focus in on what’s right and try not to get distracted—not only from their own fluctuating moods, but from the frustrating people around them.
Don’t let someone’s bad manner distract you from their good ideas.
In a variety of situations, and with a variety of (sometimes annoying and frustrating) personality types, a discerning person does their best to keep wisdom in view.
By Matthew Ruttan