“Bomb Threat Procedures. ... The primary goal of the bomb threat procedure is to minimize injury to people, damage to the facility, and avoid disrupting normal schedules. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for handling bomb threats and actual bomb emergencies.” (https://my.limestone.edu/main-campus/campus-security/)
Is it just me or does everyone seem like a bomb ready to go off? Tense, irritable, defensive, angry - you get the idea. It’s almost funny sometimes - I see people driving down the road with no one around them just honking their horn repeatedly. Who are they honking at? God? Their imaginary friend? Maybe it’s cathartic to just honk your horn with abandon! But I digress…
Everyone seems to be just barely hanging on and all it takes is that one thing to push them over the edge. That one thing can be anything. It can be that we are running late and we take it out on everyone else in traffic. It can be that we are frustrated at our job and we choose to take it out on the cashier at the grocery store. Or maybe we just had a fight with our spouse and we decide to explode all over whoever happens to be closest to us - our kids, the dog, any target will do.
What if we trained ourselves to understand what makes the bomb inside someone go off and we sought to dismantle their internal bomb instead of engaging in combat with them? When someone blows up all over us - what if they received kindness? What if we stopped and looked them in the eye and saw God’s image in them? Wouldn’t that be different? What if we saw ourselves in those moments and thought about how we would want to be treated?
Maybe we should all wear t-shirts that let everyone know what’s going on in our lives - wouldn’t that be handy? It sure would help me out if I had some kind of context for someone else’s behavior. Shirts that say things like “My husband just left me” or “I just lost my job” or “I can’t get through the day unless I drink”. That would make things so much easier! Ammiright? But - alas - that isn’t how it works.
SInce the t-shirt idea won’t work - how about we just love each other and believe the best of one another? Reading that bomb threat procedure at the top of the page makes me think that we can dismantle an emotional bomb. Their goal is to “minimize injury to people”. That’s an admirable goal! Shouldn’t that be our goal? And if someone else’s explosion ruins my day or angers me - then I need to take a good look inside of me. No one can destroy my peace unless I allow them to (I allow them to a lot -pretty much every time I drive - and that isn’t everyone else’s fault. It’s mine.)
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility COUNT OTHERS MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN YOURSELVES (even the ones that explode all over you). Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:1-4)