by Amanda McKelroy | July 5, 2017
MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS
The majority of the time you hear the phrase “mind your own business,” it is in the context of speaking to someone else who is being nosey about your life. Maybe when the whole world is wrong, it’s really me who needs to make an adjustment. It just may be that instead of getting upset at people for getting in the middle of my business, I need to quit advertising my dirty laundry. To quote the Dowager Countess of Grantham: “stick that in your pipe and smoke it.” I jest with that comment, but in all seriousness did God really intend for us to take our business to the whole world to comment on instead of taking it to Him in prayer? No, He did not.
“Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.” ~Proverbs 5:15
Today’s society is so caught up in other people’s business, drama, and gossip. What did we do before the days of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat? Society as a whole minded their own business and frowned on the gossips. Now we embrace, immerse ourselves in, and thrive on meddling in other people’s business. Who wouldn’t when it’s been put out on social media for our enjoyment? No longer is meddling a matter of someone breaking a confidence and spreading gossip across town; now we parade it on social media like a badge to be proudly worn. We advertise on social media boards ourselves like a neon sign saying: “please, gossip about me and meddle in my business!” Then, naturally, we get upset at the inevitable drama that follows our neon sign like a moth drawn to a flame. I think of the scene from Disney’s A Bug’s Life when the fly is drawn to the bug zapper and his fly friend tells him “Don’t look at the light!” But the fly replies, “But it’s so beautiful…” ZAP! And kerplunk he bounces down, zapped. We are caught up in the “light “of sharing our business and unwilling to look away despite the obvious consequences of drama, drama, drama.
Perhaps if we spent more time minding our own business instead of complaining, whining, and pining after other people’s business, ours would be more peaceful and successful. There was a time when only the good was shared publicly, and everything else was saved for prayer and the innermost circle of family and friends. Wouldn’t our lives be so much more pleasant if we got back to minding our own business, letting other people mind theirs, and then giving the neon sign to God in prayer instead of displaying it for the whole world? Wouldn’t our business be more profitable and fulfilling if we put our energy into fixing what we don’t like and seeking counsel and guidance instead of throwing it up on our Facebook timeline to see how many comments we get? Can we allow ourselves to be content with the lives we lead even if all of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat don’t know about it?
“For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” ~Philippians 4:11b