Jesus says, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28)
When I was younger, I remember waking up early with dad to play one of my favourite games at the time, Battlefront 2 on the X-Box. For context, Battlefront 2 is a shooter game set in the Star Wars universe, and my family are diehard Star Wars fans. But that isn’t the point, the point is when I was playing the game I stumbled across an interesting situation. I had crouched down in a bush with a teammate, and suddenly a storm trooper (the bad guys) had found our hiding spot. He crouched down and shot my teammate, and then aimed at me.
I already had my crosshair [the sight on a gun] aimed right between his eyes, but I faltered. I had every reason to shoot him, but even in the most dire of times I would not sacrifice my morals and what I stood for. He shot me soon after, and went on to hunt others. I find myself looking back on that memory quite a bit, despite how vague or out of place it is. From that day on, whenever I was in a tough situation, I would think about that time. I remind myself that even when I am at the brink of erupting, and either lashing out with my words or my fists, even if they had it coming, I shouldn’t pull the trigger. I wouldn’t pull the trigger, because there is a way out and a next time. Ω
Reflect: When you are on the brink of erupting, what do you do? What words, tools or images help you exercise self-control? What recalls you to gentleness?
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