I have always heard that if you feed a stray animal, it will stay with you. Don't worry, this is not going to center around the world of dogs and cats, but rather issues and people that enter our lives...but shouldn't remain.
What began this thought process this morning was the thought of how they have an entire week dedicated to sharks on tv. I do not partake in watching this, as I don't like the thought of being near a shark - much less watch incidences of where people have been near them and paid for it. I thought of the anxiety that I deal with when it comes to the ocean and its inhabitants, and how to watch stuff like this on a regular basis would only feed that anxiety. Fear would have a feeding frenzy where I am concerned.
So, I ask you: why do we choose to feed the things that we know we have an issue with in our lives? We can often quickly recognize something that causes anxiety and worry to enter our minds, yet we continue in pursuing or acknowledging it. We can recognize when people have entered our lives who may not be pouring good into us, yet we allow the faucet of their negativity to remain in the "on" position. Why? Why do we have a hard time clearing the input factors of our worlds?
Several years ago my daughter gave me a good picture of handling people who shouldn't be allowed to pour into us. I would listen to her tell me how a few of her "friends" would talk to her and treat her, and it wasn't the way one would like to be treated. She actually let them know point blank that she didn't want to be friends anymore. She walked away and opened herself up to a new group of friends. I was so proud of her! She had so much more courage than I would have had at her age, as I would have remained being "nice" to make sure I still had some similitude of friendship.
I offer that some don't want to go through what we must to make changes in our lives. I also offer that some don't recognize that changes need to be made. Do we pray for the Lord to do something specific in our lives, yet we don't willingly cooperate when His answer requires something of us? There are relationships that shouldn't last. There are issues that don't have to rule us.
Whatever we feed will hang around (I am in no way trying to make a person sound like a stray animal, but that a lingering relationship can have a negative impact on our lives). What negative connections are we feeding?
Father, please give us eyes to see what and who shouldn't be allowed to pour into us. Also, please give us the courage to deal with these in Your way. We want to have ears opened to Your voice, not clogged with the input of the world. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Joshua 24:14-15, 23
2 Timothy 1:7