Ok so it’s really Mr. Ed delivering a message. And yes, I can plainly see he’s a squirrel. But I let daughter name him. And if you don’t know who Mr. Ed is originally, I’m sorry for you. Really. Classics.
At church I heard something that I’ve heard before. I made a picture of it. I hung it up. It just says it a little bit differently.
You can’t change a problem you don’t own.
And no, you can’t change problems other people have that they will not own. Therefore, we must focus on the reflection. The one we’re portraying. Not just in the mirror, but in how we carry ourselves. One of the hardest things for me is to pretend that something doesn’t bother me. I don’t hide well at all the fact that somebody has hurt my feelings. I don’t have to say it, my face does it for me. So does my body language.
So my lesson for myself is that I need to change the problem I have in regards to my response to those who have a problem with something that’s out of my control. Or even something I can control, but they still want to gripe about. Things can be written clear as day and people will still find a reason to complain. I can’t help them. And believe you me, there’s times I feel completely able to help them. Although Jesus will probably tell me otherwise. It’s called the Holy Spirit slap. And therefore I have to keep my mouth shut. And I will be completely honest with you, I lose sleep and stay in a state of anxiety when I feel like I have a point to prove. And then I get slapped again. Because you know as humans we don’t learn the first time.
But I can own how I respond. And it’s hard. So the question becomes, what answer do I want to give God when he questions me about it?
“Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.”
Romans 2:1-2 MSG