IF YOU HAD OF TAKEN’ CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS AT HOME, THEN YOU WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO WORRY ABOUT ANYONE ELSE
I was sitting with a friend tonight and talking, and she said, I am going to pull out a comment that is used in the secular world, and when she said it, God said, “That’s it!” She said, “If you had taken’ care of your business at home, then you would not have had to worry about anyone else.” Even though that sounds kind of strange, it is true. And some may complain about the statement, but we also remember, what the enemy means for bad, God will make it good. That statement in itself could mean so many things, and not just the obvious. It could mean, if you had of studied your word like you should have, and prayed like you should have, then you would have been better equipped when satan came against you, but because you didn’t, the enemy stepped in. It could mean that because you did not take the time with that young man who has been begging for help or that young girl who just wanted to know that she was loved, that you now have a gang banger or a young prostitute on your hands. It could even mean that because you kept putting someone off that was looking to you for guidance, that you continued to promise that you would get back to them and never did, that you failed to follow up or you told them you don’t have time for them, in a word, you rejected them over and over (sound familiar), and now that one that you turned away, turned to someone else. Now you are angry because someone else stepped in, and helped groom that young man or that young woman. Now you want to make accusations and insinuations that have no validity. You want to point the finger at the one who took the time to help that child, yet when you point one finger at someone else, there are 3 fingers pointing back at you. We need to realize that it is not about us, but about what we are doing for the kingdom. We need to realize that when we turn away a child, we are turning away Jesus, because His word reminds us that what we do to the least of them, we do unto Him. We need to stop criticizing those who are willing to help and lend a hand, and thank God that someone took the time to help out a young brother or sister. It is so much easier to blame someone else instead of looking at our own shortcomings, but instead of blaming, search within yourself and ask God to remove any malice or jealousy that lies within us. As I write this, I think of Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
No matter who are what we are, there is still stuff within us that needs to be cleaned out. We still need to ask God to create a clean heart within us. Sometimes it is not always about what you didn’t do, it is about what you did. Children need love, not rejection. Children need guidance, not confusion. Children need to feel needed, they need to feel assured, they need to feel safe, and they need to know that they are special. Spending time with a vulnerable young lady could make the difference is how she will turn out. It could make the difference from her selling herself or for her being self assured. Spending time with a confused young man could be the difference between him questioning his sexual preference and who he thinks he is to realizing that God has called him to be a Mighty Man of Valor, a king. We are not at war with each other; we are all of God’s children, working for the same King, trying to tear down the kingdom of satan. Satan does not have to try and destroy us; we are destroying each other, with our words, with our sneers, with our smart quips. The sad part is, when the children see us at each other, arguing, fighting, backbiting and not trusting, they pick up the same habits, BECAUSE we are their role models. That is why the kids are looking to the rap artist and movie stars as role models, because that is what they know. Because we as parents did not take the time to spend the time with our children, we sent them to their rooms with their tv sets and radios, and now, the rap artist and tv sets are watching our children. We have to stop rejecting our children, stop closing the door on their faces, stop telling them you will get back to them, stop telling them that you are too busy for them, stop putting them on hold. Start loving them, unconditionally. Remember if you don’t do, someone else will. And be careful, the one that you speak ill of, the one that is reaching out to you, the one within your “home” that needs you, could possibly be the one YOU PUSH AWAY.
May 3, 2006
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