“No I didn’t.
Yes you did!
No I didn’t!
Yes you did!
This conversation could go back and forth for hours with our two sons Kaleb and Kedar. One will insist that the other did or said something that the accused vehemently denies. Impassioned and opposing pleas ring out from both sides, with each party begging to be heard and believed.
After a while, the unintelligible noise becomes too great a disruption.
“Alright you two,” is usually my answer. “Just behave.”
I think that is likely every parent’s default setting when they have no earthly idea what the dispute is about and don’t wish to try to figure it out. In the Hobbs household, typically, that response works. The two boys move beyond bickering and go back to peacefully engaging in whatever activity had them rapt beforheand.
But before I became proficient at deciding when and when not to give serious thought, consideration, or attention to a matter, I would thoroughly exhaust myself wading through accusations and trying to unweave a tangled story.
Somehow, the who, what, when, why, where, and how never quite got answered. And I, the duped mother, would be left weary with confusion.
Thank God I’ve learned a lot over the 13 years of parenting I currently have under my belt, with many more lessons to follow.
For now, though, one of the greatest bits of transformational wisdom I can share with you, both applicalbe to parenting and life in general, is know what to ignore.
Again, know what to ignore.
There will always be people, situations, and distractions of some sort competing for your valuable time and attention. And if you don’t quickly learn what to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to, you will devote precious time to matters that detract from your destiny and pull you off course.
You’ll exert much-need energy pursuing fruitless paths, engaging in mindless debates, deliberating about frivolous matters, grieving over unrecoverable losses, and trying to get a handle on things that far exceed your realm of control.
You’ll get all worked up and worried for nothing, especially when you allow the enemy to get in your ear and whisper irrelevant, untrue, and misleading information.
That’s why you have to consistently “tune your ear to heaven’s frequency” and be led by the Spirit of the Lord. Ask God for His insight, wisdom and knowledge. His word promises in James 1:5, He will grant it to all who ask for it.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Proverbs 2: 6 NIV into your cup of inspiration. It says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you will open yourself to receive revelation from God. Instead of being susceptible to the deceptions of the enemy and drawn away from the path upon which God has destined you to walk, you will discern the Father’s will and follow after wisdom.
The distractions, discouragements, and dangerous pitfalls that come to ensnare you won’t work, because your heart and mind will be fortified by divine illumination and understanding.
Now let’s pray.
Lord, please fill me with Your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding today, so I won’t be caught up in people, things, and circumstances that don’t benefit my walk with You. Please reveal distractions that would cause me to deviate from the path of destiny You have already set for me. And where You lead me, I will follow. Whatever You tell me, I will obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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