LIME-LIGHTER: Some people just love the LIME-LIGHT. The will seek the “center-of-attention” at every given opportunity. They thrive on being in the middle…no matter if it’s “the right, or the wrong” side of the issue… as long as they’re the focus of everyone’s attention.
Very often they are like this because they really think they are “in the right,” and everyone else is “in the wrong.” They can’t see the reality of the situation, and are invariably making a fool of themselves. I know a few like this, and maybe you do to. I know just a little bit about this …because I’ve been accused of being “like that” on the rare occasion (by people who don’t really know me…. Of course….they’re WRONG… (Get my point?). I think that those kind of people…who are “know-it-all-bullies” …are, basically… narcissist.
There’s an individual, like this… in a group that we hang around with on occasion. She is constantly seeking the center of attention….and the fact is…she gets it. Everybody, over the years, has acquiesced to her “being in control.” It is because of this person’s knack for being a BULLY that we tend to stay away from this group. We just don’t care to be victimized like that. She is in a “government job,” which she landed because her father was an “elected federal official.” I doubt she’ll be in that position much longer, as she’s about to be “out-bullied.” One could say… Someone should have put her in “her-place” a long time ago.
I’ve described a “not-too-pretty-picture” … one which could fit the description of a lot of people which… too often, we have to encounter, and deal with…. Like it or not. The person in this scenario, who will “not survive,” fits my LIME-LIGHTER description…to a tee. The rest of us will move on….moving with the flow of life. Is it necessary that we “put her in her place?” Will it make our life easier? What good will come of it all? In the case of Jesus….’He says to turn the other cheek.” I’ve tried this many times…before and it’s no darn fun. It makes one feel “short-changed” to allow the OFFENDER to get away with it. I’m human too…right?
What I’m learning, though…late in life…is that “the fight is just not worth it.” There are no winners…only losers. I’m confident…that it is God’s intention…for us to learn from this type of ‘know-it-all-bully’… so that we might be better equipped to handle the ‘highs and lows’ of life’s journey. So that we might be better prepared to take a FALL ourselves…or to endure a FALL by a family member… or loved one. We see it every day… especially in the last few years… where the wife of some LIME-LIGHTER gets up in front of the entire world… while her husband admits to some serious character-flaw. God is preparing us…so, let us pay attention.
Those people …. Like the woman I’ve been describing…DON’T ever CHANGE. But we can change. I go back to my original position….It would better to ‘stay away’ from them …all together. We can learn from the Apostle Paul’s letter in… Ephesians 4 26: “Be angry but do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”
…Blessings …cjlb …11/21/20