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Monday, January 30, 2012

just for "Gayle"...

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Ephesians 4:17-19 (NKJV)

My Gayle is hot like fire.  She called me today fussing.  I mean good ol fashion, spittin cussin mad.  If I hadnt recently been where she was about one trivial thing or another, Id have laughed out loud.  Thats the thing about friendship.  What they are, you arethey feel joy, ergo you are happy.  They suffer heartbreak-you cry too.  I knew there was a lesson for her, and as usual, for me, in her vent.  Being a Gentile is easy.  When you dont know better, youre not responsible for doing any better.  Howeverwhen you do, you must. 

Im usually reading several things at a time.  I know, I just blogged about multi-tasking, and Im going to do better.  Im not doing anything but writing, at the moment.  Um, I digress.  I am reading the Four Agreements, by Miguel Angel Ruiz. You can find all you care to about it here. The one I seem to be tarrying over, and the thing that occurred to me as I listened to Gayle vent, was the second...

Dont Take Anything Personally

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wont be the victim of needless suffering.

I know, it its s hard.  Its one of those marathon, not a sprint thingies, all the stuff you ultimately learn about trying to live a good, Godly, just life, but dont always enjoy. (were being honest, right?)  I didnt say youd enjoy reading this post, just that you probably should read this post (Gayle).  Just laugh.  Just breathe.  If youre quiet, you can hear Him chuckling in the background.  (You know, Gods got jokes) Dont take it personally, unless you just have to, because (wait for it, wait for it) Nobodys requiring that you take it all on.  If you choose not to take it on…”you wont be the victim of needless suffering. Isnt that a reason to choose? Instead, choose joy.  Choose quiet.  Choose to shout, but let that shout end in raucous giggling, if youre choosing anyway?

Life will challenge us.  Things will go badly, at least some of the time.  Since we know better when we can, lets stop being Gentiles.  It wont always be easy, but doing the hard things, even when we fear we may fail, is okay to do when we know we are never alone.  And never being alone is just one of so many reminders that God is good.  
(Now go find your happy place before it moves.)


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog, following back and i look forward being part of your blog. Wishing you a great day.

  2. yes..God is good. All the time!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  3. Glad you stopped by, thanks. I'm following you back. Welcome to my crazy life. I pray that you find a blessing in something you read here.
    Peace and good,


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