I know all of you have experienced this before – at least those of you from the United States. You’re driving somewhere, anywhere, whether to work, shopping or just going to visit someone, and all of a sudden you find yourself stuck in traffic. It’s barely moving – just a snails crawl. Then you realize it’s not because there’s so much traffic, but there’s an accident upahead and everybody has to slow down because they have to see what’s happening. Traffic isn’t bottled up because of anything other than people being nosey. And because they were nosey, I and everybody else on the road have to suffer because of it. I wasn’t stuck in traffic because I did something wrong but because someone else had the mind to gawk at what happened to someone else.
Now, I don’t know about you, but if I had to get in trouble for being late to something, I’d want it to be because of my doing and not somebody else’s. I mean, if I have to suffer for anything, let it be for me being Godly and not a gossiper. If I have to suffer for anything, let it be for being notable and not nosey. If I have to suffer for anything, let it be for being merciful and kind not a meddler. If I have to suffer for anything, let it be because I have and am a testimony and not a troublemaker. If I have to suffer for anything, let it be my doing.
You see, I’ve learned in my years of spiritual growth that in order to avoid suffering for somebody else’s sake, I’ve got to mind my own business. See, it’s a sad day when you can’t grow because you’ve been stunted by somebody else’s mistake.
But the only reason their mistake became your mistake was because you stuck your nose in where you shouldn’t have and when you should have minded your own business. Through experience, you should know you can’t get a bloody nose unless you jump into the fight… you can’t be burned unless you get too close to the fire… your name won’t get muddled if you don’t get in the mess.
Now, this just isn’t good advice for ole Pastor Mark. No, this is straight from the Bible. Here’s what it says…
“… make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Stop commenting on everybody’s stuff… stop putting yourself in squabbles that don’t affect you… stop trying to find out what’s going on with others… stop giving your unasked for advice. It’s none of your business.
The Bible says…
“Like one who takes a dog by the ears is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.” Proverbs 26:17
And we all know what might happen if you pull the dog’s ear, right?
Thank You for the direction of Your Word today. Help me live it like You wrote it. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen