I had the best advice one time from a gal who may have not known how much wisdom she was spilling out to me. I was struggling with lots of stress at the time because of the circumstances of transition and it all started with FaceBook. Now keep in mind, I sometimes wear my feelings on my shoulders and grasp every perception that could be. I feel as though I am friendly to everyone and wouldn’t hurt a flea on purpose, so it just kills me if I think someone doesn’t like me. My blood pressure was running high at the time and I was just sick of the so-called worry of what others think of us. I was talking about a post on FaceBook that I knew was about us but it didn’t mention our names. She said to me, “Don’t own it”. Those words forever changed my life and redirected my focus.
You see the enemy of our soul would love to continue to beat us down each day with negative remarks from gossip and lies. People who I had loved for years were mouthing about our leadership, the church or whatever was told to them about us and not only did they believe it but some also continued with the remarks to others. Sad to say, some still carry it with them.
God has a way to make us stronger as we continue to serve and depend on Him. There was no unlawful or sin involved with us and in our eyes, we were doing the best of our ability to continue to move forward in what God wanted us to do, following after His steps. As we continued our journey, we were pushed out of our many circles of people we loved dearly in who we had helped over the years. It was a hard transition and I know that the past always tries to condemn and keep people from focusing on the future in winning lost souls. With some is easier to point fingers rather than take responsibility sometimes. I was taking responsibility with the words that was being said instead of ignoring them.
The “don’t own it” is what I call Poo Poo Pie. You see when someone makes a remark about you or tries to control your thoughts or actions either through manipulation, control or gossip its like they are handing you a poo poo pie. Have you ever thought of it that way? PooPoo Pie is nasty and although it may look good or not, you have the ability to receive it or not to. If you take it, you own it. You can put it on your shelf, on your counter top, in your bedroom next to your night stand or in your fridge. Heck, in fact you can drive it around in your car, put it in your purse or take it on a date! PooPoo Pie never runs out and every time you “own” the remarks or the gossip, bring it up in conversation or the hurt you are taking a big bite out of your pie! You are in control of your emotions, thoughts and actions. People may even throw the pie at you but you don’t have to own it!
It’s time to throw out the pie, in fact, throw out the pie in the garbage and never look through the trash to own it again. Move forward and don’t own it! Poo Poo Pie causes high blood pressure, it causes stress, it causes you to have strongholds in your mind to distract you from what God is calling you to do. It is deceiving. It makes you sick and you share the poo pie with others and it makes them sick. I say “stop passing the poo pie!”
So here is my word of advice that I so wonderfully learned through the transition that I may pass to you…. “don’t own it” keep focused on what God has called you to do, because it is only HIM that you must deal with and He doesn’t eat poo poo pie, He has a buffet of life and life more abundantly, total goodness, health, peace and joy, most of all love. I would rather eat from the buffet instead from the poo poo pie.
What do you think? Had any pie lately?
New International Version
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
English Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
English Standard Version
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.