I have a few people in my life who seem to operate from anger. Most conversations are complaining, accusatory, assaultive, argumentative, or leave the impression that they are on the edge of one of those. Being around these people is like being around a dog that is snippy, you just can not relax and let your guard down. I nearly always come away exhausted.
About the time I’ve had enough and… did you notice that? “I’ve had enough…” shifted the focus. I mean, I was not really focusing on God’s purposes or their best interests, but on my own discomfort and frustration. That is so easy to do.
I may need to distance myself until they settle down (“Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with him. It’s obvious that such a person is out of line, rebellious against God.” Titus 3: 10 MSG), but my focus is not to shift away from the other person’s best interest to myself. I struggle with that, do you?
Being “All In” as a disciple of Jesus includes stuff like this. Are you up for that? Jesus was. Let’s you and I be up for it as well.