Joe could not help any part of his placement in the family, nor could he change his father's affections - even if he had the maturity and wisdom to engage Jacob in conversation about it; but he could control what he said and to whom he spoke.
My challenge is to be careful and prayerful about sharing what God reveals to me that involves others. Not that I ever wish to be careless with something from my Heavenly Father; but if something has potential to hurt, I want to steward that very well. Think, pray, submit before I speak, post, text, email, comment, answer.
Lord, help me to grow up in You that I may navigate Your trust as Your map says. I don't want to hurt or cause harm, nor do I want to experience it; help me to love You and others well that I may serve You and others rightly. Please help me to be an emissary of peace, Your peace, wherever I go.