I’m covered! Praise God! So it wasn’t this “I’m a Grumpy old man my level of Sarcasm depends on your stupidity T-shirt” I’m wearing, but instead, the “armor of God” that protected and shielded me this evening from a fiery verbal attack (horrible, horrible fiery curses straight from the pit) channeled through the mouth of an impatient, grumpy, disgruntled, sadly unhappy person/customer at a grocery store. Right next to me this grumpy person began using the name of Jesus in such a foul way expressing anger at me when the friendly, happy cashier began talking to me while ringing up the man’s groceries. Being right next to him and hearing him profanely put down the name of Jesus in my presence, I proclaimed verbally in his presence, “I Bless the Name of Jesus! I praise God’s Name.”
I’m a Grumpy old man my level of Sarcasm depends on your stupidity shirt, hoodie, tank top
Grumpy shouting man says: “Go _uck Jesus!There is no God!! You are delusional.”Me, Joy: “Oh no I’m not. You are just an unhappy person, with no joy in your heart.” Grumpy and unhappy man says in a disgruntled way: “YES I am happy! I was happy, until you showed up.”Me, Joy, somewhat shocked, but still smiling because I’d been smiling and happy all day, choose to remain calm and I say to him: “God bless you. Bless you! I’m called to bless those who curse me, as taught by Jesus.”
Grumpy man, now seething with anger says: “I reject your blessing! Joy: “Oh well, that’s really sad. Be blessed anyway. My name is Joy. And I’m full of joy! Bye now.” Grumpy many mumbles more curses as he finishes paying for his cart full of groceries, then walks away. Those in the store, who witnessed the grumpy man verbally attack me, nod their head and start empathizing with me, saying “Sorry that happened to you.” Several customers smiled at me, for handling myself well. One gave me a thumbs up for staying calm, Joyful and still smiling. (Growth in me! The old me, when treated like that, would have given such a person –like that grumpy man—a piece of my mind, without a blessing!) God, thank you for shielding me and growing me!