The Devil Loves Sour Grapes

He also loves mushy bananas and browning apples, or so I’ve been told.

So I just caught that no good low life (the devil, that is) trying to start a pity party in my head. He really thought he could convince me to be bitter over my friend’s recent decision to accelerate a transition he’s making within his company.

You see, we’ve been working on my exit strategy for a little while now. It’s time for me to spend more time on Witness Path and bring my project management work with Penetration Media to a close. It’s been tough and I’ve fought it a bit. I know that’s the work of the devil as well. He’ll do anything to keep from what God has called me to do.

The Seeds of a Pity Party

So how did the pity party start? Well…I get a little bent out of shape when Seth counts on our very capable admin folks to handle a larger role. This transition is tough and it’s even tougher given the devil has seen my weakness and pounced on it. He had me seconds away from sending an email to Seth recommending he fire our admin because of some recent errors they’ve made that have challenged a good relationship with a very loyal client.

In all actuality the greatest errors made were mine, the product of having a dual focus. To think I could have projected my shortcomings onto our virtual admin and cost them their gig. Hopefully, Seth would have had none of my rant. I’m glad he’ll never have to see it.

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I’m reminded of something my friend and brother in Christ, Rich, told our entire group during a recent Christ Renews His Parish meeting. Because we’re doing a great thing for our parish and God, the devil is coming after us. He’s stepping up his game because he knows much good will come from our success. The same thing applies to me and Witness Path.

Wow! So he’s doubling his attacks against me! That’s one hard working devil. Too bad his efforts will all be for naught.

He Can’t Keep a Godly Man Down

Sounds arrogant, I know. Even though this blog is in its early stages, I know how much good will come from it. Naturally, the devil will do what he can to keep it from catching on and taking off. Easiest way he can do that is to throw obstacles at me to keep me from sitting down to write. Even before a single post appeared, he was creating his fair share of technical difficulties. In fact, he even preyed on me by giving new life to issues I’ve had in the past with spending too much time planning and not enough time doing.

This part of the story has a happy ending, though. Not only did I not send that email but I decided to say “no” to overbooking myself tonight. I have an early appointment and a number of things I could do before bedtime. Guess what, I’m not going to do all of them. I’m only going to do what I can and what is best for me.

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Question: Has there been a time when you thought the devil was doubling his efforts to pull you away from God and towards his empty promises? I’d love to hear your story in the form of a comment below…

 

Todd K Marsha is a Catholic husband and father living in suburban Kansas City. Through his writing charism he tells the powerful story of his conversion to the faith, his triumphs through God's grace, and his continuing struggle to live a more Christ-like life.

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