My friend, may I ask you a question? When we strike out at those who hurt us with angry words, do we often end up hurting ourselves in the process? Is strife really a monster? Does its ability to grow in proportion to our inability leave certain issues alone make it an even bigger menace?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Deer Flies; those little, dive-bombers that come out in late July and don’t go away until the first frost, love to hang out in those transitional areas around Beech Springs where sunlight and shade meet. That’s where they hide, just waiting to nail you. They dive into your hair and are particularly fond of the back of your neck. Last night I ran into a gang of them as I tried to mow the front lawn. I swatted and slapped. That’s when one landed on my cheek and I whacked it hard. Unfortunately, it’s still alive somewhere. I missed terribly. My only hope is the slap to my face won’t result in a black eye.

When we strike out at those who hurt us with angry words, often we end up hurting ourselves in the process.

Here’s a story: There is an ancient Greek myth that tells how the Greek god Hercules encountered a strange animal on a narrow road. Hercules paused briefly, calculated the threat and then he struck it with his club and passed on. Soon, how- ever, the same animal overtook him. It bounded from behind and leaped in front of Hercules, blocking his path. Hercules lifted his club again but paused in his strike. The beast was now three times as large at it was before. Hercules was seriously threatened by the animal and began to fight it with all his might. He lunged at the beast and struck it again and again with his mighty club. Each time he struck it, the beast grew larger and deadlier. The goddess Athena then appeared to Hercules and warned him to stop. “The beast’s name is Strife,” she said. “Let it alone and it will soon become as little as it was at first.”(Rubel Shelly)

Strife really is a monster. And its ability to grow in proportion to our inability to leave certain issues alone is well known. Strife rears its ugly head in homes, between business partners and coworkers, or even in churches. Its work finished, there are divorces, lawsuits, and church splits. Honorable men and women don’t go around spoiling for fights. They’re willing to seek win-win solutions for situations that are often cast as win-lose scenarios. Not every contest is between right and wrong. Many are nothing more serious than contrasts in preference, taste, or method. Be careful when you’re slapping at things. Missing the target can be painful.

We pray. Heavenly Father, Almighty God, great King, who I adore, and love, humble before You, I seek You. Lord, take away my anger, and help me not to be a pawn of the enemy. Help me, to walk in love with others. Diffuse this anger, or frustration within me, so I will not get into a spirit of strife. Let love, and peace surround me, with beauty, as to who You are. I pray, my spirit, will be obedient, to avoid the spirit of strife. So, that I may please You. Lord, I pray no weapon formed against me, or my loved ones would prosper, as I obey You in this. Always be my hedge of protection, by the blood of Jesus, send angels, to be my protecter. Help me to bless others, so that I know, the love of Christ in this. Take the spirit of strife away from me, so I may avoid it. In Jesus name. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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