Have you ever had someone tell you that you need thicker skin, meaning that you are too sensitive and respond to insult way too easy? If so, I totally get it! Before I continue, I want to suggest you embrace your sensitivity and all of the good things about it. If you are sensitive it means you are compassionate, empathetic, and that you care about all that brings goodness in this life.
If you are too sensitive it means you can easily react out of your wounds. This is not all together a bad thing, so if this is you, don't fret! It means that it points to where your wounds are and that can help you heal a lot.
First, before I go further, you KNOW I have to tell a story. Yep, I have one for every message I put out there! When I was taking classes to become a medical assistant way back in the stone age, we used to use an orange to do injections on before we practiced on our lab partner. There is a huge reason for this! The orange has a thick enough skin to protect the inner part of it, yet it is pliable enough to allow the healing benefits of the injection into the interior (or the heart) of the fruit. The skin around an orange protects the inside from becoming bruised. Once the fruit has a bruised exterior things can effect the heart of it.
In the same respect, we need to have thicker skin in this world but pliable enough to allow healing to still reach our hearts. Thicker skin does not mean a hardened heart. It means we have learned to discern experiences outside of ourselves before we allow them to hurt our hearts. So how do we do this? How do we have thicker skin?
These are just a few to start you off. I bet you can think of a few more if you really sit down and consider all angles. Be good to yourself. It takes practice! It's alright if you mess up now and then. Just remember what messing up has cost you. Sometimes it costs precious time we could have spent enjoying life a lot more. If an issue is getting you down and you need time before dealing with it, then take a detour and do something enjoyable first! It will enhance your life and give you a better perspective before you respond. As always, cling to God. He will help you heal, become stronger, and live better!