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day 761: Battle Vs. War (Redux)

“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing”

We all fight battles at work, each and every day. Sometimes they are small battles, and sometimes large. Overall, we also have our wars that must be fought and won. Hopefully, the wars are those that are against the competition or external forces that are hard to overcome and take our full focus and attention to win. It’s when the wars creep into the internal aspects of our businesses that our time becomes unproductive. It is also when we start to get so overwhelmed or engrossed in one thing that we begin to lose perspective and the the battles and the wars become blurred. It is hard to keep them separate because we are passionate about our work and we have our goals and objectives to which we must take stands and have strong points of view. But, it is so important that we don’t lose the war because we lose ourselves in the heat of the battle.

I was recently in a conversation where two people were deep into a heated battle over a contentious subject and in the midst of the argument, one person, made the conversation personal and attacked the other person’s character. You could see the conversation deteriorating quickly. The person who made the slip of the tongue, lost perspective. The battle was sacrificed to the loss of the war as the person offended now stood on the higher ground, regardless of the merits of the original battle. Proverbs 12:18 speaks to this; “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing”. The war to be won is our character and the life that God wants us to live that others can see. The battles of the day, while important at the time, are insignificant in the overall life we are to live and how we handle ourselves. Today, you will be invariably thrust into battle. As you stand and speak, remember the overall war that is to be won.

Reference: Proverbs 12:18 (New Living Testament)