Spoiled Grief

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Daily Reading: Amos 4:1-6:14, Revelation 2:18-3:6, Psalm 130:1-8, Proverbs 29:21-22

Daily Verse: “Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir.” Prov. 29:21

Spoiled grief.

Today’s verse addresses what happens when we pamper people, in this case, a servant. Downton Abby comes to mind, thinking of Robert James-Collier’s character, Thomas Barrow.    An underbutler with entitlement issues, Mr. Barrow’s insolence causes many conflicts in the popular series.

“Jesus wasn’t an enabler,” I often say. The Savior didn’t do the fishing for people; He taught them how to fish. When we pamper people in our lives, as much as our heart wants the best for them, we cause more harm than good.

Unfortunately, giving people all their worldly desires doesn’t make them happy because happiness doesn’t come from things. True joy comes from a heart in tune with God, confession cleansing our hearts and giving us the chance to try again. 

God never meant for us to have no trouble in this life. He promises we will have problems, but in Him, we can overcome anything.

Instead of fishing for people, teach them how to fish. Find enjoyment in the journey as you help others become the best version of themselves.

Lord, bless us with discernment in our relationships, helping others to thrive instead of causing them to flounder. IJNIP. Amen

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