Who’s Minding My Business?

He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears. Proverbs 26:17 AMP

Have you ever heard a phrase or read a sentence in a book and felt as though the words just jumped off the page and slapped you in the face? Well, this recently happened to me. In a book I bought recently, I read, “If I am minding your business, who is minding mine?” OUCH!

This single sentence really got me thinking. I realized I was guilty of this. I have been worrying about my neighbor’s yard and the height of the grass; wondering when he might mow it or if I should rent a goat for it.

Seriously, I realized that there are so many things happening at work which cause me to worry more about my co-workers’ business than my own. Someone takes a little longer break than I do, so I begin to think “Why do they get a longer
break than me?”; a group of co-workers takes an extended lunch, so I wonder what is keeping them, and so on.

I have realized that I have enough to think about each day with the business God has given me, and I really should not waste my time or energy speculating about what those around me are doing. So when I realize that I am minding someone else’s business, I need to stop and worry only about mine.

Reflection Prayer

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for helping me to stay focused each day on my own business, and not on that of others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.