"Servants, be subject to your masters will all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward.
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God."
1 Peter 2:18-20
I think this applies to a lot of modern life… not only if we’re in a service profession, but really in anything we do… we are servants in some good ways… serving the people around us. Often “being subject” is hard for us… words like submissive or meek or humility… they seem weak or lacking backbone, and we know that we need to stand up for ourselves. I think what we forget sometimes though is that we don’t need to be paranoid of being stepped on all the time… that it is really about the people around us, and not our personal insecurities. … It’s true. It’s only human to get angry or upset when people treat us badly. … But that’s part of this test of life, and we’re here to learn to be more than human… to be more like superheroes… and literally to become like God. That takes a little bit (okay, a lot) of rising above the natural man. No matter how amazing and cool we are (and we are amazing AND cool, no question), life is still going to be hard sometimes. I’m sure some we bring on ourselves, but we are definitely going to go through things we absolutely don’t deserve, and we’re going to face things that are in no way fair, or fun. And those are the times when we have the opportunity to shine the very brightest. When we take those really incredibly unfair things… the rotten parts, and make those into better situations, and react well even when other people are out-of-control lashing out at us. That’s when we prove our worth, and learn the most about how to transcend the meanness of life. Today, let’s work on extraordinary patience and faith… go beyond what we have to do in normal situations, and work on being kind to people who hate us, and reacting positively to people who are cruel to us. Those can be today’s superpowers. We’ll save walking on water for later. ;)