Yesterday I made a terrible mistake. Last night we had parent night at our school. I am generally excited to meet and greet parents and last night was no different. Most parents were supportive and encouraging. Most. Then there was “the one”. If you are any type of customer service field, you are familiar with, “the one”.
Of course I was gracious but firm. But here is where I made a terrible mistake. I allowed “the one” to change my attitude. I allowed “the one” to take my eyes off of the many gracious, supportive, and encouraging parents, and focus on his negative remarks. I allowed “the one” to make me question who I am.
For a moment I forgot who I am and whose I am. For a moment I forgot I have the mind of Christ as I lead my classroom. For a moment I forgot I have the favor of the Lord. For a moment I forgot that everything I put my hands to shall prosper and succeed. For a moment I forgot I have the wisdom of the Lord. For a moment I doubted who I am in God.
We all will encounter “the one” at some point. It may be a bounced check, an unreasonable customer, a critical family member, an unexpected bill, rejection, or an argument with a friend. In that moment, we will need to choose. Do I meditate on this one bad thing or do I meditate on the many good things in my life? Do I allow this event, this moment to define me or am I forever defined by God. Last night, I chose wrongly and allowed the remarks of one to drown out the praise of many. But thank God, joy comes in the morning. When (not if) you encounter “the one” what will you choose or better yet, who will you choose?
The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. (Psalms 16:5-6, 8-9, 11 NASB)