Get out of DODGE: I am associated with a group of men who ‘study the word of God,’ every Thursday. Amongst them… is this one young man who is a REAL ‘life-wire.’ He has his head screwed on … really tight. He hits the ground RUNNING every day… and is very SUCCESSFUL. He LOVES his line of work; he has a GOOD family life, and is well RESPECTED in the community….and he is FIRMLY COMMITTED to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, as his Lord and Savior. So… what’s WRONG with this guy?
He has allowed this ‘one particular human being’ …to SPOIL his well-being. My friend refers to this individual a ‘co-worker.’ I call this person an ‘instrument’ of EVIL. This co-worker wakes up every morning with the attitude of …‘how can I make this guy’s life miserable?’ One could say…. They HATE each other.
When I first caught wind of this issue… I gave my FRIEND some unsolicited ADVICE. Get out of Dodge. Leave. Quit. Take a 180. Split. And, NEVER look behind, again….EVER! One might ask…why QUIT? Why not let the other guy quit? The other guy is the ‘bad guy’…. Let him look for another job.
My VIEW: These two have been at ODDS for years. The other guy has the ‘ear of management.’ There is ‘no future’ in FIGHTING management. The ‘good guy’ should take the INITITIVE and ‘move on,’ while he still has his ‘head screwed on tight.’ Why JEAPORDISE one’s own life, their own future, their own sense of ‘well-being’… when ‘getting even’ will take ‘too much’ out of you… just in order to WIN. It simply is not worth the trouble.
Rather…why not take that same ENERGY, the SKILL-sets, the winning ATTITUDE, the ‘turn-the-other-check’ attitude… and put it to WORK… finding another job, building another future, and doing WELL at what you do BEST. Just put this place, this issue, this difficult environment… behind you…and MOVE-ON…. MOVE-OUT… and MOVE-AHEAD.
Matthew 10:13-14 tells us….CLEARLY…If the home is worthy, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not welcome you or heed your words, shake the dust from your feet when you leave that home or town.
We should not waste our TIME trying to CONVERT someone to ‘our way of thinking.’ Charitable? Maybe not…but it could also be called SURVIVING. Why wait until the ‘evil-doer’ has really ‘done-you-in.’ Why give him any more of a ‘foot-hold’ on your life and well-being?
Remember…we are told in Ephesians 4:26-27…“Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
Look… I wrote the book on ‘getting even.’ Getting even will ZAP one of their STRENGTH. Why risk one’s health, happiness, joy, and MIND-SET… with ‘getting even?’ Is it not better to spend your God given TALENTS… in the pursuit of renewing, refilling, revitalizing, revamping, and recycling your own life… then wasting it on REVENGE? Let God handle the REVENGE ….as told to us in Romans 12:18-20… If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” On the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
I am not suggesting that my friend…took “my” ADVICE. But… I will say… he ‘got out of Dodge.’ He’s happier… more joyful, more at peace….not to mention; more productive…then EVER before. And, he’s maintained his good health, and he didn’t burn any bridges on his way out of Dodge. And, MOST of all… his relationship with God… is STRONGER than ever, and his relationship with EVIL… is weaker than ever. Thanks be to God.