Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Growing My Faith Part 21 - Emotional Energy

Susan knew the two were quarreling. From time to time they tried to draw her into their dispute by confiding details to her. She had her own opinions about the matter and found it hard not to offer her advice. She wondered if she should.

Often we feel we can see things differently from the outside and are tempted to try to bring clarity to situations that do not involve us. We believe our own un-sought wisdom will help. God’s Word gives us His wisdom when we wonder if we should get involved in a dispute between two parties. The Bible tells us:

“Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.” Proverbs 26:17

To grab a dog by the ears is to immediately create a disturbance. Be very cautious if you are tempted to step into a quarrel that is not your own.

Be wise in the way you spend your emotional energy. Emotional energy spent in unresolved conflict will drain you faster than a hard day of physical work. Spending your emotional energy where you have no ability to action a solution will bankrupt your emotional reserve.

If your heart is drawn toward a dispute that is not your own use it as a call to pray for the situation and the people involved. Ask God to reveal truth to the individuals and to bring a spirit of unity.

Pay attention to where you are investing your emotional energy today. Invite God to give you wisdom to spend that energy in positive ways. If your emotional energy is drained ask God if you are spending it where you need not be involved other than in prayer.

If your own conflicts are draining that energy ask God to reveal truth and to give you the insight and the strength to work toward unity. Trust the God of Hope to replenish your emotional energy and to steady you today. He will do it.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Thank you that You are such a caring and loving God. Thank you that You understand my need to want to fix things for those I care about. Help me to be wise today in where I invest my emotional energy. Help me not to meddle where I don’t belong. Replenish my emotions today with health and strength from Your divine hand. Give me Your wisdom to work toward unity in the issues in my own life.
I need You Lord and I pray this in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.