Reaction to Lifes Irritants
If you really want to know who you are, simply observe yourself during the most difficult time in your life. Your outward response is a glimpse into who you really are down deep inside.
Your worldview on life when everything is taken away from you (albeit health, wealth, career, etc) or when everyone is taken away from you (whether it is by death, divorce, abandonment, betrayal by those you love) eventually will be disclosed by your actions and in your words.
These irritants in our lives should be met with a positive attitude and a worldview that is full of faith and love.
Whether the irritant be directed toward us, or it is an external irritant; our reaction should be one of grace and beauty.
For example, an exterior irritant may be when others perceive you to not be living up to their expectations and so out of a false sense of self-righteousness begin to judge, gripe, complain, gossip and tear you down both in their deeds and words.
Whatever your response to direct or external irritants might be, the outcome of one's response will uncover what are your strengths and your weaknesses. Your behavior discloses your level of maturity.
Many so-called mature people are surprised to find that their reaction to irritants is demonstrated in complete and utter immaturity.
Funny enough, those who are deemed by the masses as being immature or simpletons when faced with irritants in life, radiantly display wisdom of the ages, counsel as from a sage, and comfort as that of a nurturing and loving parent.
Hence, the wise reveal their foolishness and folly upon reacting in such a negative and destructive manner; while the simpletons reaction discloses the character of grace and love that has formed within.
So if you ever want to reflect on your life's maturity level, simply take notice to what your reaction is to the irritants that come into your life.
At times you may be saddened to think that your still that two year old having a temper tantrum; and at other times you may be surprised at how much God's presence and love has formed you into a complete and prudent person.