Have you ever felt drawn to a petty person? I seriously doubt it. Why? Because pettiness is unattractive. Pettiness makes a person look small. Classic example: The Church lady who gripes and complains about the most trivial of matters. You never hear a kind word from her mouth, and you cannot wait to get away from her. Petty people usually act that way to make themselves feel superior; as if their way of doing something would have been the better approach. There is an emptiness within a petty person that only God can heal.
Pettiness is Unattractive
When someone feels so compelled to knock down the efforts of others, or to demean others, to build up themselves in comparison to others, we should feel pity for that person. The need for Christ’s healing is great, for the hole in that person’s heart and soul is great. I do not think anyone chooses to be petty, as it is an outcome of deeper fears and desires. Those fears and longings need to be addressed first, so that the healing can begin.
So, how can we help ourselves if we exhibit pettiness? With Magnanimity, defined as the pursuit of honor and greatness, even in the presence of adversity, in correlation to one’s ability. How do we demonstrate magnanimity? We stop criticizing others for their efforts, and simply let your own efforts shine. And we do not demean others to build ourselves up. Rather, we recognize the talents that God gave us and use them to benefit others. We express a generous spirit toward others.
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