Not My Business

brown-eye-staring

I counted them today. Maybe that is why there were not more of them. I had awareness because I was curious (and counting) and catching myself wasn’t as glaring or jolting as it normally seems.
What was I counting? My reminders. Yes, reminders. You see, I have this sinful nature that overworks itself minding other people’s business. I have found that I must often remind myself that what I see or what I hear is not my business. Here is an example; I saw a tricked-out Jeep (outfitted with weird tires as well) that was painted an unusual color. My instant thought was “I don’t like that at all.” I did not like it because I thought it was ugly and impractical. I found myself going through a laundry list of things I didn’t like about it. I was nitpicking, and simply could not leave alone the fact that I did not like it. I was dwelling on it. I had to remind myself that it was not my business. I did not own the Jeep, nor would I, so what was the point in my dwelling on it, even for a short time?

Minding My Own Business

By reminding myself that it was not my business, I was forcing myself to look deeper within to determine why I would instantly become judgmental or feel superior about something that had absolutely nothing to do with me. It was someone else’s Jeep!
Here is the thing about thoughts; they come, and they go. They are not people or things. They are not tangible. They are going to occur. Thus, we must let them come, acknowledge their presence, and allow them to pass by. Nothing more, nothing less. They do not pay rent in our heads unless we allow them to, so we must push them out the door. I had been treating that Jeep as if it were paying rent, rather than minding my own business.

Romans 8:5-8 (NLT) doesn’t talk about the Jeeps that are not my business, but it speaks loudly of other more important things are aren’t my business. In it Paul speaks clearly about thoughts of a sinful nature:

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.”

Romans 8:5-8 NLT

As a Christian, the thoughts that come to my mind that are of a sinful nature must be dealt with immediately. The are not my business. If I dwell on them and don’t turn them over to God right away, they will often lead me down that rabbit hole that is my imagination and it is in that place where trouble brews. And that IS my business, business I must take care of in a biblical manner.
Does any of this apply to you?

By the way, the feature photo for this post is by Samer Daboul on Pexels!

I’m Author Joe Miller and I’d like to thank you for stopping by today!

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