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Heap Coals!

If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals on their heads, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22 (NTL).

“Complain, complain, complain; all she does is complain! I’m so sick of it! I can’t do anything right. Why try?” I mumbled to myself.

There has to be a better way to make money. Why should I have to put up with Ms. Perfect Anderson’s constant complaints? Criticism and belittling is all I get from her. No praise, no job well done, she is never satisfied. I just hate coming to this job! She has sucked the life right out of me; my joy has shriveled up like a prune. She’s a vampire. Maybe I need to get a cross! Laughing to myself, “I should buy one for real.”

Just then, like a peacock, Ms. Anderson strutted over to my cubicle. With a condescending tone, she said, “Is there nothing you can do right? This report is all wrong. Do it over now! I want it ASAP by COB.” She threw the report at me; it missed my head by an inch. Smugly she turned and sashayed down the aisle. I’ve just been doing this job for twelve years; I’ve received awards too. You arrived here six months ago and now I’m incompetent? I run my house, kids and this office; who are you to question . . . .

Have you ever encountered difficult people- you know the type-the ones only a mother could love? Want to move from victim to victor without loosing your mind or your temper? Heap coals! Be polite and respectful and when temptation comes flee, even if it’s just in your mind. Decide if it’s more important to preserve your character or to let them have it. What will your choice be?

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