“Unless you are planning to do something, complaining about the culture is just whining,” a friend observed as a group of us gathered around the dining table, and were lamenting the downward direction of the times.
Understanding the times, for which the men of Issachar were commended can be paralyzing to daily living. It can sure deflate fun times, too. After awhile I even feel like asking myself: So, what are you doing about it?
Answering, and laying aside my worry beads I’ll try prayer and ask for three things:
- For God’s kingdom to come, and mine to go. (John 3:30) This is hard because I really like my own opinions.
- That I will mind my own business, because, just for today, I let go of the reins to horses I am not riding. This is hard because I really like my own opinions. Have I said that before?
- Finally, that Scripture makes its way into my brain, and heart, so I can change; which means I actually have to read something in the Bible. BAM! I didn’t get farther than Proverbs 15:1-2! But I keep reading . . . and see again that God did not die and leave me in charge. This is hard because I really like my own opinions. I think I mentioned that.
Prayer can really short-circuit pontificating, huh?
- Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997
- Note to self: finding a cool quote and writing it in your journal is not a substitute for Getting. It. Done. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, Blog