Ephesians 6:10-11 (NLT)
The Whole Armor of God
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
This particular verse showed up last November as a daily devotional in my email. It was just what I needed that day as I was heading to a very difficult all day meeting at work. There had been change at work and one area was resistant to the change, but had fought so hard that we now had to have a meeting between our team leaders with HR.
I thought at the time that I would need my armor for the day to shield me from harsh words or unfair characterizations, but I did not realize that ten months later, I would still have on the armor from that day. In the scheme of things, this was nothing to complain about. I did not have issues with my health or family, but my concern was for my team and what they were dealing with daily. Unfortunately, they are still dealing with it.
The above is a phrase I try to remind myself of when dealing with the other team. I can be kind and professional. However, remembering that everyone has their own battles that they aren’t visibly showing or talking about is something that I struggle with in the middle of our discussions and negotiations.
Do you ever feel like people are so focused on their wants and desires that they forget the human factor or that you have other issues besides this one? I had someone seeking information tell me that the information they needed was their top priority at that moment. I was not in a position to provide them the information at the time, but they didn’t seem to understand that I may have other priorities. It feels like people are less empathetic today and more about “ME”.
If you feel like this, how do you get through it? What method do you use to relieve the stress?