I love this proverb. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it and reminds me that I don’t need to spend time or energy focusing on drama that I have nothing to do with.
But what if it is my circus and they are definitely my monkeys?
I am implored by God to deal with it.
Paul the apostle had to deal with lots of drama in the beginning years of the birth of the Church (and so have Pastors and leaders ever since).
In fact, being a leader (especially in your own life) means you deal with conflict- that is your job.
This is what Paul tells the church in Corinth:
If your monkeys are pulling out your hair, you need to stop them and tell them that it is not okay to do that.
You teach what you allow.
Don’t deny it.
Don’t enable it.
Deal with it (with God).
Embrace your circus and your monkeys.
God has given them to you.
He sees what is happening and will give you what you need to do what needs to be done.