I grew up in a small farming community. A person’s firm handshake was all you needed to know that their word was good. After all, one’s honor and good name would be at stake if you didn’t follow through.
I have been told by many that I am too trusting. That my Pollyanna mentality of always seeing the best in people will only cause me grief and pain.
So what do you do when someone goes back on their word, misuses your trust, or just simply breaks your heart? Well, if you’re like me, you begin by trying to eat your feelings.
Recently when I was right in the midst of said cry Sweet Boy walked in. “Mom, what is the matter?” he asked. I simply said what a 10 year old boy would understand, “Someone hurt my feelings.” His reply, “I’m sorry mom. You’re not going to beat them up are you?”
Ok, give me an “F” in parenting but I paused for a moment and thought about it. Then I laughed at the mental image. (I could take ‘em.) Then I replied, “No, honey. I’m not. I am going to pray for them.”
Because even though this individual caused me a few tears, their actions caused God an even deeper grief.