A friend gave me some wise advice this morning. I wanted to write it down lest I forget it. I am afraid that though it was only given 2 hours ago, I already cannot articulate it as it was shared with me.
I shared with my friend some trouble I have been pondering. I realized yesterday that I cannot fix everything.
She gave me the advice that I need to walk alongside my husband and friends and family, but that it is not my job to fix everything or make decisions for people. I am to look for the work God has for me to do and pray if I am concerned for decisions people are making or have made. Within the realm of my own life, I have plenty to do. My friend said this so kindly and gently and I received it. She is right.
I do not, should not, and cannot live anyone's life for them. It is not my place. It is not my place either to judge their decisions. But, I can pray, help others, and look for the work God has for me to do. I can also pray that God would make it very clear when I am to speak--if and when I am ever to speak of things that concern me.
These are wise things for me to remember. I often get very troubled for those in my life that I love. I ponder and dwell. But, that pondering and dwelling can keep me from other things I should be doing and thinking about.
And now on to lunch and my children... what I really should be thinking about right now!