Everyone has an ego…which is our sense of self. For some, the ego can become over-inflated while others are too hard on themselves and lack self-esteem. Whichever our tendency might be, we all know what it feels like to have our ego bruised.
This morning at breakfast, someone from my church recognized me and stopped by my table to say hello. He proudly introduced me to his family by saying “This is Chris. He is our Pastor of Parking! It is a very important position….we have lots of crazy traffic…”
In a micro-second, the enemy whispered in my ear that I should be embarrassed. He triggered defensiveness within my soul, and I wanted to explain that I carry far more responsibility than just the parking team. I felt diminished in importance.
*** FREEZE-FRAME THAT MOMENT…
If I had given permission to that emotion, my natural reaction would be to “prove” that I am more important than the Pastor of Parking title would infer. I would begin to boast about the other projects that I carry…and the responsibilities on my shoulder.
Yuk. This is distasteful to write about…and it is distasteful to observe. Why?
- Boasting is a sin. God is my defender.
- The Pastor of Parking is a role that I am proud of…and cherish having
- The other person was actually trying to give me praise, and I almost missed it
I am glad I was able to “fix” my reaction on the inside before it came spilling out on the outside. If I had reacted badly, I would have missed a tender moment with the family…learning that they serve in a compassion ministry nearby.
How do you respond when you feel “diminished”?
Thanks for listening.