A few days ago, I took a wrong turn and fell into the hands of some police men. They seemed happy to have “caught” me. The way they hurriedly blocked my car and jumped out of their vehicle was enough evidence that I had just made their day. I tried to explain myself but their response was “Ignorance is not an excuse”, “driving is the same anywhere stop saying you didn’t know”, blah, blah, blah. I ended up paying a huge fine thanks to my British sounding friend who was in the car with me. I kept asking him to keep quiet because he sounded so posh and would make whatever we had to pay out bigger than normal. Too late. The car was seized and we had to pay a fine to have it released. I lamented all the way home. I never get into trouble I kept saying. I am sad to admit that this one incident actually troubled my soul for hours.
Days later, I attended church service and it seemed the pastor’s message was aimed at me. You would think he was in the vehicle when I got caught. One thing I took from the message was to forget about the mistakes and misfortunes of yesterday. You cannot change it but you can learn from it. No one can boast of success all the way – every human has failed one way or the other so believe me when I say you are not the first. It is easy to let life’s worries get to you and sometimes you forget to practise what you preach so I was truly grateful for the pastor’s message as it was a reminder for me to always live in the moment and not worry about the things I cannot change.
My favourite bible scripture that day was Philippians 4 verse 8 which says “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.
My pastor concluded by saying; when someone brings some bad news your way or tries to get you down, ask “is it true, honest, pure, lovely?” If the answer is no, then move on quicky and refuse to listen to negative talk. If the answer is yes, then ………..