Ask yourself: is it my bag of cookies?

One of my brothers was planning on doing something so totally ridiculous that I really wanted to point out the error of his ways. Then I wanted to tell another sibling, who I knew agreed with me, to call our brother and set him straight. I succumbed to these urges. Then came shame. Finally, I began to yield to what I knew was right direction from God: to first correct my own perspective and thinking.

It's not uncommon to see a situation that appears so wrong (to our sense of things) that we can't seem to bear it, and we want to do something to change it. But what we could do instead is pause—and pray. And then let God show us how best to bring the light of healing to the situation. The Bible states, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Josh. 24:15). In my case, I knew I wanted to choose God.

Thanks, to some unhonored women
June 19, 2000

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