Bildad’s that guy who always gives it to you the way he sees it, whether you want to hear about it or not. He’s the friend who is always right. He knows what he knows because he sees what he sees. He has been taught from a young age that the wicked are punished in horrible ways, and he sees his friend Job going through the exact pain and suffering that he has been taught comes around only to evil people. And he tells Job so. And we all have a friend like this. Or at least I hope we all have a friend like this. I don’t hope you have a friend like this because I want you to have to listen to his or her or they negativity all day, every day, for the rest of your miserable life. But I want you to have a friend like this, so you can say, “Nuh uh, Negative Nelly. You’re wrong.” And I want your Bildad’s negative words to give you a renewed confidence and strength in the One who calls you His own. And instead of throwing up a palm at your friend and saying, “Talk to the hand,” I want you to throw your arms around that person and say, “Thank you.”
Writing prompt: Grumpy Gus
I called Bildad Negative Nelly above, but he also could be classified as a Grumpy Gus – you know those people who never have a good word to say about anything. We all have them, and we all have to tolerate their negativity, and sometimes we need to take their words to heart and really give ourselves a good looking at. Write about a Grumpy Gus in your life, and tell a story about his/her/they negative words’ that made you take a good, hard look at yourself.