“Not all sharks are in the water.”  Dr. Jay Strack spoke these words at a Students Leadership Conference I attended many years ago.

 I remember them because they are a succinct way of stating a truth we all do well to remember.  

God has ordained us to be in the world, but not of it.  While maintaining a focus on eternity, we must endure and learn to enjoy the present circumstances we find ourselves in.  Part of this process is remembering that we must learn to deal with difficult people in the world.  

Paul wrote to Timothy about this issue in 2 Timothy 2:20…”not only are there vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.”  In other words, God sometimes uses difficult people in our life to mold and shape us into the people we are called to be.  

We cannot avoid working with difficult people and God planned it that way.  David worked for Saul, a boss with an evil spirit.  But, God used this situation to provide David the opportunity he needed to gain the respect of the people he would one day lead.  So, we must learn today how to get along with the difficult people in our lives.  They may be the very ones God uses to promote and assist us into the future He has planned. 

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