Last night, God was very blunt when He told me, “Don’t make playing the victim a lifestyle.”
According to Merriam Webster, a victim is “one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent”. With that definition in mind, we have all been victims of something, thanks to our actions or someone else’s.
Whatever happened…has happened and there is not much we can do about. We can either reflect and move forward or relive and move backwards. The hurt that person caused, the opportunity that fell through and the mistakes we have made are unchangeable, but our response to them is yet to be determined.
I will be honest…sometimes I overanalyze unfortunate circumstances, and conjure up ways that I could have done things differently. In the short term, I feel good, but in the long term, it just makes me feel worse, because the reality is that I will never get the chance to redo the situation.
If we look for people (or things) to blame for the events that have happened in our lives, we will never run short of suspects, and thus always be a victim of life. However, Jesus died on the cross as the ultimate victim, taking all sadness, hurt and pain with Him, so we wouldn’t have to.
No matter what you have gone (or are going) through…you are a victim no more! Don’t play a role that Jesus died for you to avoid.
On a lighter note…Happy Palm Sunday!