DAY 78 OF 365 IN 2021

Matthew 1:19 And her husband Joseph, since he was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.

Behind Joseph’s intended decision to restore Mary to her family in secret, there was a justifiably appropriate reason. In fact, a reason big enough that society permitted it to be announced from the rooftop if one so wished. Yet, Joseph chose to go against this norm and rather opted to take care of things ‘secretly’. Mind you, not that He couldn’t go loud, he was just unwilling to.

Had things turned out as Joseph intended, people would have begun to form their own opinions about the outcome of events. This would have been on the basis of the information available to them. Or even better, the information NOT available to them. So a multitude of distortions, speculations, assumptions, and guesses would take the place of what really was.

Beloved, let’s bear this in mind: ‘almost on every occasion and behind every situation, there is a background story’. Some of these stories are so complex that they are difficult to script. However, not every eye or ear has to be privy to their details. We ought to learn to be like Joseph,
to be mindful of the eyes and ears that hear our stories.

This, however, does not simply amount to munching silently on explosive stories that eat us up from the inside out.

We ought to also speak out, but to speak to GOOD ears, not EVERY ear.


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