Shield Your Heart

So often at holiday times when family gatherings are planned there is drama created even in the planning, not to mention the event, and the days following.

Someone wants to plan things one way, someone else wants to do it their way. It never fails that someone starts talking behind the back of another and suddenly the family is split in half.

Add to that the black sheep of the family, or maybe even the white sheep of the family, who is singled out and attacked for no reason other than someone wants attention and this is a sure-fire way to get it.

My family is no different. There is always someone somewhere, who refuses to show up if someone else is coming to the party.

It is hurtful for everyone involved, even the ones who start and end the drama. I really have no other name for it, but to call it drama. It’s all an act. It’s all to prove that someone is better than someone else. It’s melodramatic at best.

Regardless of how you handle yourself and attempt to dodge the arrows, they may still to hit you somewhere. Maybe even where it hurts; right through the heart.

Ephesians 6 says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked..”

I have always tried to teach my children to stay out of it, and let it pass because we are not wrestling again flesh and blood. The real issue is not the person, but the rulers of darkness who blind them to the truth. They don’t usually listen to that advice, but as they get older they are getting better at standing up for what they believe in without stooping to the level of the person throwing the arrows.

I am so proud of them all today for the way they have handled themselves through family drama that has tried to separate us from a piece of the family. We continue on with the armour of God, the truth and righteousness on our side, ready for peace, while taking the shield of faith, knowing that it will protect us from the fiery darts being thrown.

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