In 7th grade I ended up in the principle’s office because I got into a fight. Technically, I was trying to break it up and got punched. But, apparently to a 7th grade science teacher, getting punched meant I was in a fight and deserved to be suspended.
Within 5 minutes the three of us were sitting in front of the assistant princple awaiting our judgement. Another 5 minutes and I’d be in class again. The student who started the fight just told it like it was, “I was meaning to hit Jeff but I hit Adam on accident, I hit the wrong guy. Sorry.”
Case dismissed. Hasta luego.
A lot of people swing at the wrong guy
- Failing in a class directs a student’s anger at the teacher instead of at his study habits.
- An honest evaluation of your work makes you angry at the system judging you instead of your lack of results.
- A spouse takes out the stress of their job on their loved one since they can’t stand up to their boss at work.
- Your doctor tells you that you’re obese and need to change some habits, and you never go to that doctor again.
This same principle carries into the youth ministry
- Maybe you’re measuring greatness with a different ruler than they are?
- Maybe they get you better than you get yourself and see you underperforming?
- Maybe your pastor isn’t your enemy, he’s your greatest ally?
Just make sure you pick a fight with the right enemy.
You’ll get a lot further, faster than punching the wrong enemy.
- Failing at school? Fight your study habits.
- Failing at work? Fight your work habits.
- Having a conflict with your boss? Stand up for yourself.
- Need to lose 20-30-100 pounds? Get mad at the donuts, not your doctor.