Is anything just about to get your goat right now? Is there a situation that’s about to overtake you, take you to the ground, or body slam you against a wall?
Or maybe there’s a person… Is someone about to drive you crazy, push your last button, cause you to lose it?
Or you could have a gnawing worry or concern. Is there a dilemma that you’re losing sleep over? One that’s consuming your thoughts, showing up in your dreams, wrecking your appetite (one way or the other), or draining your energy?
I’ve been in your shoes before. I could go there right now if I let myself. Isn’t there just about always something that could get the best of us if we let it?
We might be tempted to think that if we could just solve that problem, get rid of that person (or at least change them), or fix that situation, we’d be better off. Not only that, if we could change those circumstances or people then we’d behave a little better ourselves. We wouldn’t lose our temper, overeat, toss and turn in our beds, snap at people, look so consumed with our thoughts. We’d be nicer, more generous, more considerate of others, just happier.
If everyone else and everything else would just behave!
But the Bible teaches otherwise. This morning I read a scripture that hit me straight between the eyes. usually the Bible verses that knock me back a few steps are the ones that put responsibility squarely on my shoulders, like a well-centered and fully packed backpack. Whoosh! That responsibility straps itself to my back and a voice says, “You carry this. It’s yours.”
Here’s what I read: