I guess I do not have many foes. I honestly cannot think of anyone that I would consider my foe. It is a really strong word. But many friends disagree with what I say, do, or believe. Some kids in school tell me that they usually have a particular classmate each year that they don’t especially like. They explain that they do not like someone just because they oppose them. Oftentimes, the hardest thing to do for people we dislike is to maintain a gracious, gentle, and patient attitude. I am unsure if it is because we know that the Lord will change our hearts toward them through our calmness. I especially love 2 Timothy 2:24-25: “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.” It reminds me that handling difficult people seems easier to be angry and defensive in secular practice. But it requires patience, foresight, and self-control if I choose to be Christlike rather than like everyone else. I hope I choose to be Christlike so my parents, students, and fellow teachers can see something in me that is different from the secular way.