Happy Christmas, all!
Change comes quickly especially if you have children and they grow up. I can only imagine all that was in Mary’s heart as Jesus grew.
I have heard it said: days move by slowly, but years so quickly. Last year on December 24, I made a commitment to completely move to be in a consulting role with our brood. In general, people are quick to offer opinions or advice often unsolicited. I don’t want to be that guy to my kids.
Diligent was a good word to have as a theme as I not only embarked on posting a blog entry daily but decided to be diligent in not giving my two cents unless asked or prefaced with: “Would you like my thoughts or opinion on that?” And if the answer was: “No thanks!” Then I must stick to no words!
It wasn’t always easy and I am not sure I fully succeeded, but a year has passed and here I am already thinking about the next theme word and reflecting on how well I did on the last this past year.
Don’t let this season pass you by without some time of reflection. Take some time to think about what you want to live out this next year.
And as far as relationships, my vote is with most, it is best if we just be a consultant waiting in the wings when called on rather than speaking up when not asked to.
Be reliable, available, and willing, but to…
that means sometimes you must wait to consult.
“…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and mind your own business.” I Thessalonians 4.11
And one last thing, if you are on the receiving end, remember this: advice is to be given not necessarily taken.
Weigh the words.
Seek the Lord.
Then, you decide what applies to you as you spit and chew.
Chew on that which is fitting and spit out the rest you don’t need or won’t use, but be gracious through the process whether you are the one giving or receiving advice. There is wisdom in Godly counsel but consulting with God is always the wisest choice. Let Him be the main consultant in your life.
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