Jesus brings lasting peace, so obviously apply the Bible to your circumstances. But for temporary relief, here is your phrase:
Y’all don’t know my life.
This little gem can be simply thought when:
Your kids are acting bananas at Target, and you know it’s because they’re still unhinged because you didn’t buy that guinea pig at PetSmart. The elderly woman by you at the dollar spot gives a condescending glance, and you could leave embarrassed and drive thru somewhere instead of bearing the shame of getting groceries OR you could think, “Y’ALL DON’T KNOW MY LIFE. My husband is in ministry and is in India for 2 weeks. I’m trying my best, no not my best. My best was exhausted day 2. I’m leaning on Jesus with all that I have. And, my kids are amazing and hilarious and we all miss daddy. K? Y’all don’t know my life.”
You are a junior in college and you don’t know what you want to do with the rest of your life. When THE question “What are you going to do when you graduate?” is paired with something like “Oh youth nowadays, you don’t know how to work,” you could shrivel in insecurity and self-doubt OR you could think, “Y’ALL DON’T KNOW MY LIFE. I know God has my future and has a plan for me. My life is so full and I’m learning so much about what I enjoy and my calling. And, I love God and believe it’s better to trust than be filled with anxiety. Y’all don’t know my life.”
The list goes on, right? The enemy wants us to turn inward and despise ourselves for not volunteering every time we are asked at church...well, I haven’t had dinner with my family in 2 weeks, but I think they really need me to scoop ice cream at that event tomorrow night. The enemy wants to whisper to us that we are inadequate and not enough in every area when something or someone is out of our control… well, my kids do have double ear infections and I had to cancel everything planned this week- I’m a failure. PS-- This is why thinking “Y’all don’t know my life,” immediately and not hours later is key.
If you've been reading for a while, then you know that I love to talk to new people and pray with them. Today I stopped for a moment to grab some coffee and I asked the barista, who was super sweet, if she was in school. She looked embarrassed and said, “I’m the age to be in school, but it’s complicated.” I said, “I think when you think someone else thinks you should be in school you should use ‘Y’all don’t know my life.’”
Serious relief flooded her face. Yes! Someone understood she may have a life filled with things going on. I replied my favorite, “I love to pray for people. If my God could meet a need in your life, I would love to pray for that.“ She smiled and asked me to pray for peace and clarity. I prayed a simple prayer. There was grace extended. Perspective for everyone who could hear abounded.
Let’s all have the goal of seeing someone, truly seeing one person this week. When Jesus saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion. Matthew 9:36 tells us: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” The very sight of them choked Him up. May we see that one person, pause to truly see them, and pray with them, because Y’ALL WE DON’T KNOW THEIR LIFE, but we can love them. - Amy