Anyone who spends any time in neighborhoods populated by Bible-believing, religiously inclined people, knows that, for the most part, such people are kinder, gentler, more empathetic and more compassionate than the general population. Sometimes, however, unselfish behavior can morph into unwarranted meekness and timidity.
Here are five questions that might help determine if you have allowed your own goodness to be exploited by others less restrained than you.
- Do you always deflect adversarial encounters?
- Is being liked more important than standing your ground?
- Do you often tell yourself, “I’m just too tired to argue”?
- Do you frequently resent how “pushy people” seem to get their way and pride yourself on not being pushy?
- Do you sometimes feel embarrassed after standing firm and ‘winning’?
If you answered ‘yes’ to three or more of those questions, what’s to be done? As usual, ancient Jewish wisdom points to the Bible for help. Remember that we learn as much from the flaws of Biblical personalities as we do from their greatness.