The Elephant in the Room
Have you ever heard the phrase, “The elephant in the room”? It is commonly used when referring to a topic or some other thing that everyone knows is an issue but nobody really wants to address it. I know I have dealt with my fair share of these so-called elephants, and they really are no fun to deal with. Still, they MUST be dealt with. Some of these “elephants” are sins we have committed, sins other people have committed, wrongs that have been done to us or others, secrets, attitudes. And the list could go on and on. Wait a minute, you say?! Attitudes? How can attitudes be an “elephant in the room”? Yep, our attitudes can sometimes be the biggest of all the elephants.
Think about it. Don’t our attitudes carry a lot of weight? I mean really. When we are dealing with a certain situation in our lives (work, friendships, kids, spouses), our attitudes can make a big difference in how quickly and smoothly the situation is resolved. Our attitudes also have a great influence on if the situation continues to be a problem and if it becomes an even bigger problem. Maybe it’s high time we stop pointing the finger at the other party( or parties) involved, and took a long hard look at the elephant in the room….OUR OWN ATTITUDE. I know that probably hurt a little bit just reading it, but it is the truth. Maybe your boss is giving you a hard time, or one of your co-workers is just plain rude to you, but how is your attitude? Maybe you have a friend who is taking advantage of you or has hurt you in some way, but how is your attitude? Maybe your kids are being unruly and disrespectful, but how is your attitude? Maybe your spouse isn’t listening to you or doesn’t help you as much as you would like, but how is your attitude? We can’t always be the victim in every situation. If we choose to have bad attitudes in any of these situations or any other situation we might find ourselves in, then we are as much to blame for that bad situation and have no room to point fingers.
Confront the elephant in the room! Make an adjustment to your attitude and stop pointing the finger. Own up to your elephant and deal with it! I mean who really likes the elephant in the room anyway.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3
Grace and Peace