We recently sat down for lunch with a well-known leader and his wife from the other side of the world. After a few minutes, his wife told us of her annoyance at her married son who had posted a picture on Instagram of a deer that he had killed whilst hunting. She was so annoyed that it consumed the conversation for the first 1/2 hr.
She told us that she hadn’t been able to sleep for thinking about what she should say to him; after all, he himself was very much in the public eye.
For 2 days she had been deciding whether or not to post something back to him telling of her disgust at him doing such a thing.
The day we had lunch was the day she had decided to write him a one line rebuke.
As the photograph on her phone was passed around the table, we all began to smile, as it was pointed out that it was NOT her son, but someone with the same name and similar Instagram account. Shock and relief came over her as she realised that she had been communicating various posts with this guy for months, not least of all her latest telling off about the slaughter of an innocent deer!
How many times a week do you get wound up by something that is actually not the truth?
It appears to be true. It appears to be coming from the right source. It appears to have the right address on it. It must be true.
Hours and hours are lost on meaningless worry and sleepless nights, concerning over things that have no truth in them whatsoever.
They are simply a diversion.
They are sent like deadly arrows to rob you of peace and to steal your day.
Make a decision today to keep short accounts with people and in doing so you will save yourself so much time spent in worry and heartache.
Here is my recipe for a far better way of living in order to keep yourself free from the over exaggerated nonsense that will inevitably come your way this week:
1) Chose your battles carefully – don’t lose sleep over things that don’t matter.
2) If you’re unhappy about something that you see, then speak to the person concerned directly.
3) If you hear something about someone that doesn’t sound right, then humbly challenge the information.
4) Always bear in mind that WHO said it, is as important as WHAT was said.
5) We all have the potential with our words to fuel a fire, or put out a fire. Make a decision today to throw cold water on every flaming arrow that comes your way today.
Ephesians 6:16 ‘In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.’
A daily devotion for a better way of living.