Action, Reaction and Overreaction


Action is defined as something done or performed.

Reaction is defined as action in response to something.

Overreaction is defined as reacting with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or even violence.

What does this have to do with anything? Well it seems to me we are living in a world that trends toward overreaction. Have you noticed, especially on social media, that everyone is outraged about something? I have grown weary of certain online forums, because they are often just venues to complain, and talk about how outraged a person is about something.

This is not to say that there aren’t any number of things we could be, and even should be, outraged about. Yet it is very tiring to live in a constant outrage. I think I want to spend my time on action. I want to spend my time on the action of loving God and loving people. It takes a lot of effort and energy to do that.

Be careful about where you exert your outrage. Make sure when you respond to something, that you have all of the information necessary to take an informed position. Mind your own business most of the time, get involved in the business of others when absolutely necessary. I routinely tell my children, “stay in your lane”. Take care of your direct responsibilities, and do them well.

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

About Seth Polk

Lead Pastor, Cross Lanes Baptist Church, Cross Lanes, WV
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