And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray. Matthew 24:4
During my last blog post, Travel not alone, I drove the point home that you need not make any journey in life, especially one at a time of living in crisis, alone. What I failed to mention is that when we share our deepest and darkest thoughts, feelings and emotions, we need to choose our travel companions carefully. Hopefully, you know who your friends are, and when you share your most intimate thoughts with them, you need never worry about any of your confidences appearing on the cover of the local newspaper.
If a person’s name and their deepest and darkest liabilities are maliciously broadcast to a random source, that’s gossip. It’s a sin. It burns. I know that for a fact since I have been on the other side of it. I mean, it’s bad enough when in a state of torment, but to trust someone else with our anguish, only to be pushed into a further state of distraught when our secrets hit us point-blank from sources that we would never suspect, is like having open heart surgery without anesthesia.
Yes, have some faith, but proceed with forethought. There’s never enough to be said about acting with prudence especially when we are in a state of crisis. Go to friends who are anchors even in tsunami conditions, not matter what, hands down. If you have the slightest doubt, move on. Beware too of those friends who are good people but who could flip their toxic switch at any given moment and just act without any constraint or consideration. We need not over think it. Just let go and realize that they just can’t take trauma for whatever the reason may be.
Crisis is, in many ways, a time of battle, and we need to choose our forces and allies precisely and strategically. This time in our lives is not for wimps. It is not for toxic or immature people.
Now is the time to pick the very best for your life troop. Never settle for something less. Soldier on. The sweet taste of victory is so worth the battle ahead!
Until next time….Faith forward!