What’s Eating You?

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What’s Eating You?

Have you ever heard someone ask, “What’s eating you?”  Often times, it’s easy to discern when someone is really upset over something.  But, there are times when we are pretty good at putting on masks, and trying to cover how we feel about things.  We may even think that we can hide these things deep in our heart, where nothing can touch them, where nothing can see them.  There are two problems with that kind of thinking.  #1 God still sees it.  #2 The problem is still touching us — eating away at us, bit by bit.

What kinds of things can eat away at us?  There’s jealousy, envy, bitterness, anger, hurt, betrayals, and fear, just to name a few.  We may have held onto these feeling for so long that we feel as if we can never be rid of them.  In fact, we may not WANT to be rid of them.  Sometimes we have to forgive the one who offended us or violated us in order to be rid of these feelings.  We can mistakenly think that if we forgive the offender, we are saying that what they did to us was OK.  What forgiveness does is frees YOU, not the offender.  It is setting YOU free from those things which may have been eating away at you for many years.

In Proverbs 14:1 it tells us that a wise woman builds her house while a foolish woman will tear hers down.  There is one major difference between these two women.  Miss Foolish keeps her thoughts patterned after this world.  She will defend herself at all costs, always looking out for numero uno.  She will walk over others to get where she wants.  To protect those hidden places in her heart, she may resort to treating others with disdain.  While it may get her what her flesh desires, she doesn’t realize that it also leads her into further bondage, thus causing things to “eat away” at her.

The wise woman has trained herself to be godly.  (II Tim. 4:7)  She has made the choice not to follow after the ways of this world.  Instead, she is transformed by the renewing of her mind.  (Rom. 12:2)  She allows the Holy Spirit the freedom to renew her mind, and it has led her to a place of peace, contentment, and freedom.

So, what’s eating you?  The choice is yours:  Will you follow after Miss Foolish, or will you follow the path to wisdom?  Wisdom’s path may lead you to a freedom like you have never known before.

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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