Proverbs 3:30 Can’t Harm Me…Unless I Allow It

There is a guy who has really been bothering me lately. He is loud, arrogant, and difficult to be around. Unfortunately, I work with him and therefore am around him often.

I want to attack so badly. I know it is petty, but this is the desire of the base animal within me. I want to find and exploit his weaknesses in the hopes he will go away. But nothing I imagine will solve the problem. In fact, if I was to ever act on these impulses the opposite is likely to occur.

Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.

Proverbs 3:30

I love the above verse because it reminds me of so much. I think Arnold Bennett put it best when he stated, “Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter -except by your permission.” My antagonist is winning, whether he knows it or not, because I have allowed him entry into my mind. Nothing can harm me unless I give it permission. By thinking about this person and dwelling on the things he says and does, I have given him an open port to my brain. The harm he has done me is not his fault, it is mine. Instead of striving with him, I must do a better job of securing my mind’s firewall.