” He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord—happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.” Proverbs 16:20
Amplified Bible (AMP)
Growing flowers today.
Always remember, even genuine, good and honest people—people you trust—will hurt you at some point. Sometimes it is because they simply aren’t perfect (nobody is perfect) and they slip up by doing or saying something totally out of character. Sometimes it is because we set up unrealistically high expectations in our relationships, then when people fall short we get hurt. Most often this happens when we haven’t clearly communicated what we expect from others. Nobody can follow our rules, unless they have a copy of the rules.
The most important thing to keep in mind when forming new relationships or evaluating old ones is found in 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?” [New Living Translation]
If you’re a believer…none of your values are going to match up with an unbeliever’s values, morals or standards. And, if we, as believers, get mixed up with an unbeliever on a deep personal level it makes for a disaster just waiting to happen. Sooner or later your light (the light of Christ) will shine on something in their darkness that you will have to either accept and overlook or walk away from.
The world IS a scary place…but we live IN the world, we are not OF the world. God’s Word tells us he gives us choices every day and our choices will bring about blessings and life more abundantly IF we choose His way. So we try to make choices that keep us close to the Lord Jesus and safe from the scary world out there. And we make choices about who we will allow within our intimate circle of friends and loved ones—knowing that they aren’t perfect—knowing that sooner or later they will fail us and fall short of our expectations; knowing that sometimes we are simply going to need to follow Jesus’ teaching about forgiveness, trust HIM to make it right, and move on.
Today, pull the weeds growing in the garden of your mind, and move on. Flowers are waiting to bloom. How happy, blessed, and fortunate is he who is confident in the Lord.
Follower of Christ, writer & artist.