Unfair decisions that are made without our input can frustrate us.
When a person of authority goes over your head, what is your initial
reaction and does that often cause more conflict?
Have you ever had to submit to your superior even though you know the decisions they are making are unfair or unwise? Perhaps this is common in your career field, or with your boss. Maybe you experience this in the classroom, or even with your parents or spouse. Do you react with anger and vengeance when this happens, or do you submit to authority?
Tessa finds herself planted in a sticky situation when her new coach makes her arch nemesis the co-captian of the volleyball team. Tessa knows that their combined leadership won’t serve the team well, but the coach is not willing to budge on this decision. With great effort, Tessa keeps her opinions about the coach’s decision to herself. “I purse my lips knowing that there is nothing I can do about this situation, and with determination, I offer a curt nod” (page 271).
When a decision is made that affects us, but we have no control or input in the situation, what is the best way to respond? Titus 3:1-2 says, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone” (NIV).
This verse definitely challenges me, even to this day. If you’re anything like me, you think your way is better, or you believe that if you argue enough, the other will see your side and eventually agree with you. However, the Bible instructs us to be obedient, peaceable, considerate, and gentle during these moments. It also instructs that we be ready to do whatever is good, so if what you’re being subjected to isn’t good (challenging and good could mean two different things), keep in mind that the Bible doesn’t say submit to destructive behaviors/actions.
I pray this challenge applies in your life, one way or another, today. Maybe the challenge will be met at work, school, or within your family, but maybe this simply means to be gentle when speaking of your government, making the wise decision “to slander no one.” No matter what this might mean for you, pray that God will give you the strength to follow these commands, because we can’t do it without Him…I know I certainly can’t!