One of my favorite country songs is by Kacey Musgroves and says:
Just hoe your own row and raise your own babies
Smoke your own smoke and grow your own daisies
Mend your own fences and own your own crazy
Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy
These days it feels like everyone has an opinion on everything and tension escalates quickly. Having an opinion, however, does not make you an expert. I often find myself recognizing and admitting that I don't have enough knowledge on a subject to have a strong opinion. If it matters enough, I'll do my research, and I'll make sure the research is actual research - not something I "read on the internet" or something "somebody posted about." It is freeing to know that the more I know, the less I realize I know. And that is a gift that allows me further dialogue - and allows me to learn.
It also allows me space to remind me that sometimes I just need to mind my own biscuits. My husband asked me this week how we could make a difference in a social issue that was bothering him (litter). I came away with this answer - I can only do my best, with intention, to make a difference in my circle. I can teach my kids a better way. I can model best practices as well as I am able. I can influence others when I have opportunity. I can show love and work for change.
Sometimes our voices are required to be loud, proud, and seek justice. Other times, as a yoga instructor I had once like to say, "silence may be the better part of valor." Each day we are faced with challenges both big and small. The question is how will we respond - and what will make the greatest impact. We are called to help where we can, listen as often as we can, learn what we can, and move with love whenever we can.
This week consider where you need to mind your own biscuits as the better part of valor - AND where you need to learn more, influence more, love more. The world needs hope. Small steps in our circles create those paths.
Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You’re God-taught in these matters. Just love one another! You’re already good at it; your friends all over the province of Macedonia are the evidence. Keep it up; get better and better at it. Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.
I Thessalonians 4:9-12