Dear sister and brother,
Stop feeling guilty for walking away from an unhealthy environment, relationship, job, friendship, situationship or place of worship. Read these words carefully … YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE BEING HURT, USED, TAINTED, MISTREATED, WALKED OVER, LIED ON AND ETC.! Sure, there are times our assignments and relationships are hard but willingly putting up with the nastiness of folk, for the sake of saying you hold a position … HELL NO! When God sent out the twelve disciples to heal, teach and reach the people; He gave them some valuable advice. Yes, I know this devotional isn’t about sending you out to do the same but the advice, He gave then, allow it to bless you, now. He told them in Matthew 10:12-14, “As you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.”
Baby, some of y’all are suffering because you haven’t been blessing folk with the ministry of the deuces (two fingers you throw to tell folk, I’m out and goodbye). See, truth is, you need to learn the difference between suffering for Christ’s sake and suffering for folk. Suffering for God has its rewards but suffering for folk has its repercussions. Suffering for Christ is meaningful but suffering for position, well that’s useless. Beloved, lookahere, you are not obligated to heal a grown man or woman. You are not obligated to fix their brokenness. You are not obligated to stay and be walked over. You are not obligated, pastor, to be somebody’s stepping stone. You are not obligated, daughter/son, to be somebody’s punching bag. You are not obligated, ma’am/sir, to be somebody’s atm. You are not obligated, dear employee, to be used. And for the love of all things Holy, stop staying because you see potential without actuals. Fire has potential too, to either keep you warm or burn you up. All I’m saying is, be happy and if you’re not, stop feeling guilty for choosing to be. And that ministry of the deuces, it’ll bless your spirit and your sanity.
Your sister in Christ, Lakisha