Daily Devotional – 1/19/17 “Unnecessary suffering!”

On my way to work this morning, I got stuck in traffic. The traffic was moving but extremely slow and as we slowly crawled, I realized there was an accident on the right hand side. But get this … The accident wasn’t the reason traffic was jacked up. It was because people were being nosey. And because they were nosey, we all had to suffer by way of being stuck. See, I wasn’t stuck because I’d done something wrong but I was stuck because someone else had the mind to be nosey. I don’t know about you but if I had to get into trouble at work, for being late, I’d want it to be because of my doing and not somebody else. This pricked my spirit because if I am going to suffer for anything, let it be something worthy of suffering for. What do I mean? Well, if I have to suffer for anything, let it be for me being Godly and not a gossiper. If I have to suffer for anything, let it be for being notable and not nosey. If I have to suffer for anything, let it be for being merciful and not a meddler. If I have to suffer for anything, let it be because I am a testimony and not a troublemaker. If I have to suffer, let it be my doing.

And I’ve learned, in my years of spiritual growth that in order to avoid suffering for somebody else sake, I’ll mind my own business. See, it’s a sad day when you can’t grow because you’ve been stunted by somebody else mistake. But the only reason their mistake became your mistake is because you stuck your hand in when you should have minded your business. Yea, you ought to know by now that you can’t get punched unless you jump in the fight. You won’t get burned unless you’re close to the fire. Your name won’t be in the midst of mess if you weren’t in it. This is why the bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.” In 2017, stop commenting on everybody’s stuff, stop putting yourself in fights that don’t affect you, stop calling trying to find out what’s going on with them and stop giving unsolicited advice. It’s not your business! For the bible says in Proverbs 26:17, “Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.” And we all know what can happen when you pull a dog’s ear right? You might get bitten.

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Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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