I think I tripped you…

Rosalynn LasleyFaith, TrialsLeave a Comment

There’s a really good chance we’ve all done it. Sometimes we’ve done it on purpose, sometimes we’ve done it without knowing, but there’s a really good chance we’ve all done it. There’s a chance it happens more often these days, than it ever has before. There’s a chance I’ve done it to you. There’s a chance you’ve done it to me. And can I just say, I’m really sorry for it?!

I might have done it to you when I talked about how amazing my husband is, or when I talked about the baby sleeping through the night.
I might have done it to you when I talked about being able to bring the baby to work with me, or when I posted about my children’s grades.
I might have done it to you when I posted about what we’re having for dinner, or when I shared pictures from vacations we’ve had.
I might have done it when I posted projects I’ve completed, or pictures of my home.
I might have done it when I posted pictures of my post baby figure, or when I shared publicly that I was pregnant.
I might have done it when I posted about where my children go to school, or mentioned the vehicle we drive.
Like I said, there’s a chance we’ve all done it.
You did it to me when you posted about the chores you accomplished, and being able to stay at home with your children as they grow.
You did it to me when you posted pictures of your color coordinated Christmas tree and clean home the day after thanksgiving.
You did it to me when you talked about getting your degree, and how you’ve read a BAZILLION good books over a weekend. (Ok maybe not a BAZILLION)
You did it to me when you posted pictures of another date night, and when you talked about your amazing dad.
You did it to me when you shared your daily devotion, and your prayer journal.
We live in an era of IT. The IT is constantly in our faces thanks to social media.
What is the big IT I’m talking about?
“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”
Romans 14:13 NKJV
The big IT I’m talking about, is causing one another to stumble or fall. We are doing it friends, we are. We’re not just gently causing one another to stumble. Quite often we are blatantly and aggressively tripping one another.
How are we causing one another to stumble or fall?
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Exodus 20:17 NKJV
We’re tripping one another and causing each other to stumble and fall, by being so boastful we’re causing each other to covet. We’re making each other jealous. We’re tripping each other up, one “In your face-book” post at a time.
I believe with every ounce of my being that God is good. I believe that it’s important to share that He is still blessing us every single day, in big ways and in small. It is our testimony of His goodness that will draw other people to Him, but are we counting our blessings so loudly, we’re creating jealousy and discontent in the lives of others? Are we sharing our blessings in a way that gives glory to the Lord or are we glorifying ourselves?
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”
I Corinthians 10:23-24 NKJV
I realize there are times when someone may be envious, and we’ve done nothing to cause it, (Envy happens) but maybe this year is a good year for all of us to take a look at how we’re sharing our blessings, and make sure we’re counting them in a way that gives God the glory, rather than tripping each other.
Please forgive me if I’ve counted my blessings so loudly that I’ve tripped you.
In His Love,

Receive Daily Encouragement in Your Inbox.
*Previously posted January 5, 2016

About Rosalynn Lasley

I've been happily married to my high school sweetheart more years of my life than believable. It's true what they say, time flies when you're having fun. God has blessed us with 4 children, 3 we have the pleasure of raising, and one waiting for us in Heaven. I have always enjoyed writing but my call to ministry came during some of my most difficult times thus far. Writing for Alaska Christian Women's Ministry helped me start to make sense of all that God has been walking me through, even when sometimes it's messy and painful. I never realized that telling my story, even the ugly parts, could be encouraging to other women until I started writing. It's true that God will make beauty from ashes, you just have to let Him. My writing is often serious, and sometimes heavy in nature, but in real life I'm usually the complete opposite of serious. I LOVE TO LAUGH, and say that humor is my unofficial spiritual gift. I'm fairly awkward when first meeting someone, but if I can make you laugh then I think we'll end up being excellent friends. I'm certain that my husband is the only person on earth that doesn't think I'm all that funny. If I can make him laugh, I'm a happy girl! I have the blessing of serving in the junior high ministry at my local church, and find it such a joy hanging out with those smelly young people, week after week. They bless my heart far more than I could ever bless theirs in the short amount of time we meet each week.

Leave a Reply