Episode 013 – The Spiritual Discipline of Minding Your Own Damn Business
There’s an important spiritual practice you might be overlooking. Lots of people are. But this one little thing can bring you a lot of peace. And I know you and me both could use more inner peace. That practice?
Minding your own damn business. This is a key that opens the door of spiritual growth.
Show notes will not be a transcript. At least not now. You’ll find a few key bullet points, any scriptures references, as well as any other books or resources referenced.
- One of the most destructive things we do for our spiritual growth is to compare ourselves to other people.
- Comparison feels like an accomplishment, since it allows us to highlight how we’re doing well in comparison to other people, but it distracts us from our own inner life and spiritual journey.
- So much of our frustration and unhappiness comes from our tendency to compare.
- Jesus restores Peter on the beach and forgives him, then he tells Peter something about his future. Peter’s first response is to point at someone else and ask, “Well, what about him?”In John 21:17-22 we see Peter and Jesus interacting, and Peter’s first instinct is to compare himself to someone else’s spiritual journey.
- Jesus’ response: “What is that to you? As for you, follow me.”
- This is the key to opening the door to spiritual growth.
- The Spiritual Practice of Minding Your Own Business
- When I’m focused on the journey of other people, I don’t have to do anything toward my own growth.
- Comparing my choices with other people feels like an accomplishment, but it keeps you from growing.
- You are responsible for your own journey and that is where your energy and attention should be focused
- Matthew Henry, an 18th century preacher commented:
- “If we will closely attend to the duty of following Christ, we shall find neither heart nor time to meddle with that which does not belong to us.” – Commentary on John 21:22
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