Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Minding Your Bees Wax

Have you ever known someone who just couldn’t mind their OWN business? A “busy body” who felt as “General Manager of the Universe” knew just how to handle everyone else’s affairs. I have heard folks tell these people to “mind their own bee’s wax” (aka 'mind your business').

Now, let me say up front I am not talking about Church discipline issues or friends who out of GENUINE CONCERN deal with their brothers in Christ on issues of intentional disobedience (where the person knows better, etc.). What we are talking about here is the person who noses in other peoples "bee’s wax" for the purpose of gossiping, tearing people down behind their backs or “confirming their own superiority” (in other words, “I showed up for this and you didn’t so obviously I am a better Christian” attitude).

For Example: Let’s say there is a Men’s Prayer Breakfast or a work day at the church or something like that… now…

If I knew it was going on and couldn’t come, and YOU knew that I knew about the event… what is the purpose of “confronting me” about it? (you know the question, “so where were YOU?”) Only unless you are seeking this information so you can sit back and make some sort of “judgment” in your own mind about how I should be spending MY time? I SAY MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. It is sad how often we want to sit back and condemn folks in our minds about what WE think they “ought to” be doing. But how can we be consumed with running everyone else’s lives and ours at the same time? We can’t, plain and simple. If you and I are spending all our time peeking into someone else’s windows then we won’t have time to clean our own house. AMEN!

On the flipside… as long as I am doing what I have to do to PLEASE GOD and as long as I am doing what I believe the Lord would have me to do why should I concern myself with the opinions of those who would only seek to know my business for their own selfish purposes?

Forgive my passion about this subject. If people were more concerned about their OWN service to the Lord I believe there would be fewer problems in many churches.

Finally, please don’t read this the wrong way. I don’t mind friends and others who are GENUINELY CONCERNED and inquire about me; HOWEVER, I have only a feeling of disgust for the selfish and insincere inquiry into my business that is judged and condemned in the dark courts of the hypocritical mind.

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Blogger Joe said...

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This blog reminds me to love my brother rather that put him down to puff my own bad self up.
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Great stuff, as usual.
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Blogger Joe said...

{for the selfish and insincere inquiry into my business that is judged and condemned in the dark courts of the hypocritical mind.}

Amen Brother, Amen!

I believe The Book says it something like....gossip will separate the best of friends.

Love, Joe

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