Thursday, July 9th
Those of you who have an opinion about me raise your hand. Now place it over your mouth.
I read that earlier this week and it struck me funny. Do you ever feel like telling people to keep their opinions to themselves (to put their hand over their mouth)?
Opinions; we all have them. From food, music, sports teams, politics, and on and on.
I believe we would all agree that our society, now more than ever is being overwhelmed with opinions. News for the most part has become nothing more than the opinions of those reporting it. By all means, let’s not forget social media where opinions run rampant.
I’ll be honest, there have been many days I have allowed myself to get caught up in the whirlwind of other’s “opinions”. Their opinions about things from current events to religion, music, books, food, and much more. I find myself often wondering what others think of me. (It’s a good thing ignorance is bliss because I’m sure I wouldn’t want to know most opinions).
Then with the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit, I hear that still small voice that says, “My child, ask me what I think about these things. Ask me what I think about you.
Come away, spend time with me, your Heavenly Father, and find peace for your mind and rest for your soul.”
We have a choice as to what influence we allow in our lives. We choose what we watch, what we listen to what we read, and where we go. Unfortunately, our society is more concerned about what others say and think than what God has to say. Our choices often prove that.
I’m sorry to say that more times than not I have allowed the “opinions” of others to become a serious burden to me. Do it this way, don’t do it at all. Feel this way, no that’s the wrong way. Go, don’t go. The noise of opinions, even those we ask for can become overwhelming. There are enough things in our world to be burdened about than adding opinions to the list.
What is your burden today? Grief, sickness, loneliness, hopelessness, fear, anxiety? I want to encourage you as I encourage myself to take your burdens to The Only One who can make them lighter. He’s waiting with open arms. He longs for us to come to Him.
Matthew 11:28-30 says;
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Until next week, don’t forget to smile!
Free tip this week: Smile while you still have teeth.