Hi gals! No, it’s not Saturday. But every once in a while I like to share a little inner beauty insight on my YouTube Channel, too. So in today’s video I’m responding to a YouTube channel subscriber request and talking about how to respond instead of reacting.
I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve put great effort into my outfit, put on my lipstick and headed out the door feeling oh so lovely only to totally foul up my “appearance” later in the day by reacting poorly to some slight or another. Pretty is as pretty does. But my oh my, it sure is hard some days to respond well to the things thrown at us!
So today I’m sharing 6 steps that I’m taking to try to respond graciously rather than reacting poorly when things are said or done that don’t sit well with me. In fact, since making this video a few weeks ago, I’ve had to seriously take my own advice and apply each step in responding to hurtful criticisms that I’ve received, of all places, on YouTube.
Y’all! I get a hurtful comment or two occasionally right here on my blog, but nothing like the scathing remarks I’ve endured out there in YouTube land! ha! So I’ve been working through these steps and have indeed come up with (step #6) a plan so that I can consistently respond graciously to these hurtful remarks rather than reacting badly or, as I’m more likely to do, internalizing it and stuffing it.
What About You?
Is anyone pushing your buttons? I hope today’s video helps you feel more equipped to face the harsh words, thoughtless comments and snide remarks you may face occasionally, too.
By the way, today’s video is not meant to endorse enduring abuse. If you are encountering verbal or other abuse, the correct course is to remove yourself from the situation and reach out for help.
But most of us, while occasionally feeling the stinging affects of hurtful words, are not enduring verbal abuse. We’re just getting our feelings hurt. And that’s when it’s important to respond assertively and confidently, but also graciously. I hope today’s video helps you in that way.
Watch the Video
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I’d love for you to share with me, either on my YouTube channel or here, your three words that you would like to characterize your interactions with other people. But before you go, let’s get you that free graphic I promised. You can download this graphic on your device. But you also might want to take a screen shot of it on your phone for easy access when you’re walking into volatile situations.
Do you have thoughts you’d like to share about today’s topic? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s just keep it gracious! LOL!
What I’m Wearing
You’ll find the links to what I’m wearing in the caption of the photo below.
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Blessed for My Day
I thought today might be a good day to diverge from our little BFMD series of red letter words for this reminder from Paul. Sometimes I know better, but I feel like my scathing, sarcastic or vindictive words are suitable to the situation. Yes, sometimes I just feel completely justified in biting back. You, too?
But the Bible reminds me over and over that my words are more powerful than I know. James says that our tongues have the power of a forest fire, blazing a path of destruction with just the tiniest irretrievable spark. That’s why it really does matter how we respond to other people and life in general throughout our days. Let’s walk carefully through this day, choosing to respond graciously and respectfully to each person we encounter.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. ~ Ephesians 4:29