DO NOT MUDDLE THE WATERS
My niece walked towards the bottle of water for a drink. As my sister spotted her, she said, “Oh! You have gone to drink out of my water again. I have told you to always drink your own”.
I laughed and asked why she does not want her to drink from her bottle. She said, “Once she drinks, you cannot drink out of it again. If she is eating anything, you will find it right inside the water. It always disgusts me but I still have to drink at least I am her mother”. I smiled.
One of the signs of spiritual maturity is the sensitivity to know that you must not muddle up the water for other sheep drinking from the stream you are drinking from. How do I mean? The prophet Ezekiel puts it this way:
Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture—and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet? And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet.”
Ezekiel 34:18-19 NKJV
For instance, this can be a season that you sense you need to change churches. You do not have to spoil the church you are leaving and break it all down with petty talk or draw people away with you because you want to move to a new church.
You may need to change jobs. You do not have to talk down on your employer. Do not muddle the water with your feet.
Do not talk down on that pastor. You may have seen certain limitations or you desire fresh revelation for growth. It does not mean he is a bad pastor. He may just not be the pastor for you for the season you are in.
The most terrible part is the people who talk down on an organization, a church, or a person and they still refuse to leave such a place. They have been in the same place for ten years yet they keep talking down on the place. Do not muddle the waters.
Do not destroy anything or anyone because your season is over there. Make sure your exit does not become a pool of bitterness. Beware of offenses. Do not allow it to have a place in your life or your next season.
Move on! But without bitterness or animosity!