A few months ago, I heard a prank phone call that was conducted by Nephew Tommy. He called Stellar Award winning Gospel Artist, Byron Cage, pretending that there had been an error with the vote count and that Byron had not actually won the Stellar Award for that year.
Over the years, I have listened to quite a few prank phone calls, from Roy D. Mercer to Rickey Smiley to Roy Wood Jr. People often get irritated that an unfamiliar voice is on the other end of the telephone, either giving misinformation, requesting personal information, or being downright disrespectful. Few and far between are those that take the prank call lightly or figure out before the end of the call that they are being pranked.
Listening to this particular prank call was very interesting for me. As a follower of Christ, it has at times been very challenging, to exhibit the ability to have self-control when being provoked. Byron Cage did excellent in not only exhibiting self-control on this call but doing what I like to call, “Representing the Kingdom.” I listened to that call, not once or twice, but several times throughout that day in order to really get a grasp on the fact that this man maintained a level head for nearly eight minutes. When I got home that night, I just couldn’t get that call off my mind, and I really started to meditate on the biblical principles that had been exhibited. I would like to share several of the things that came to me.
1. Be intentional and genuine when extending kindness.
Colossians 3:12 – Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering…
2. Have a clear understanding of the situation.
Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
3. You can be firm and assertive AND be Godly.
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
4. You don’t have to yell or raise your voice to get your point across.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
5. Laugh it off if you have to.
Job 15:1 – He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.
6. You don’t have to use foul language to make your point.
Colossians 3:8 – But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth
7. Know the Word!
John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
I remember when I first made this list. I only typed up the points, without the biblical references. I put them on the wall in my vanity area, as a reminder of things to be mindful of. Over time, I got the thought that I should share them, for it might bless someone. Even my husband was surprised at some of the things I got out of this, which was “just a prank call.” It wasn’t just a prank call. It was an opportunity to glean from someone who truly has a “Kingdom mindset”. I am so grateful that we have great leaders who are consistent in representing God, in our day and age. And this is not to put Mr. Cage on a pedestal. When we put people on a pedestal, they have nowhere to go but down. To God be ALL the glory for his obedience.
I challenge you today, to make a conscious effort to operate with a “Kingdom mindset”.
Take care, and God bless!
Erica Anderson Thomas
*All scriptural references were taken from the New King James Version.