I hate it when I get something in my eye. Usually it is associated with me wearing contacts. An eyelash gets between the contact and my eye and it hurts. I might as well have a log in my eye it hurts so bad.
Sometimes I have to ask for some help. I take my contacts out. I ask Jan to take a look to see if she can see anything. Then I do something about it.
These situations remind me of the speck and log story Jesus tells in the Sermon on the Mount.
Most of us know this. Jesus asks why we point out the speck in soneone’s eye when you have a log in ours.
Most people seem to throw up their hands and give up at this point. After all, the broad contest is about judging others. We read this and think we’re handcuffed.
So what do we do when we see a speck in someone’s eye?
First, we look to our own eyes.
If we have something in our eye, it’s hard to see something in another’s. A modern way of looking at this is to think of flying on a plane. If an emergency happens and the masks drop, you put your own on first. Your aren’t any good to someone else if you can’t breathe. Or see.
Next, you look with compassion on the person with the speck. Just before this Jesus said to not judge so that you want be judged. The context, of course, is judgmental condemnation. It doesn’t mean that you just ignore what is going on.
Imagine for a minute that someone is passing by someone drowning. Are you going to say that you can’t judge if they’re drowning or not so you just keep going? No. You jump in or throw a life preserver. You do something.
Let’s remember something. When there is a speck in someone’s eye we have a resource. Jesus offered Lving Water to the woman at the well. Water is good for more than drinking. It can flush specks out too. We have been given this water. We can share it with others.
Let’s not deny it from others who need it, who may have a hurtful speck in their eye.
I almost didn’t write this post. In fact, I am late by my standards in getting it out.
It has been a rough week. Quarter end at work. Folks on vacation. Folks sick. All of my energy has been directed toward work.
It has been that way a lot lately. I have had fewer and fewer ideas to write about.
This is the point where I realize that I am not clever as I think I am. I thought by backing off a bit my ideas would flow stronger.
I was wrong. I may have outsmarted myself.
The ideas have come slower. I have struggled to sit down and write.
It seems that the more I would write the more I had to write about.
I believe that you have to prime the pump to produce. The pump, my pump, is primed the more I write.
It also takes feeding on good stuff.
Very few of my ideas are truly original. I would say the same for most people too.
We all stand on the shoulders of others.
So, I’m going to go about trying to prime that pump. I’m going to feed my mind in some more good stuff. I’m going to try to write more.
Let’s see how good it goes.
Mary Poppins said it best. Well, I suppose she didn’t really say it. She sang it instead.
Eliminate the negative. Accentuate the positive.
I have had to do that lately. My team has lost two of its first four games by blowing fourth quarter leads. Both losses have been heart breaking.
The inevitable has happened. Fans are in an uproar. Some media, who are more fan than journalist, have allowed their emotions to spill over into their work.
Social media has been a mess. Is there criticism to make? Sure, but much of it goes beyond that and demonizes people in ways that exceeds reason.
So what has this guy done? I’ve eliminated the negative. I have reduced the outside clutter from my life that is just going to bring me down, make me mad or stir me up.
Honestly, it isn’t much different than the current presidential race. One candidate zoomed out to a lead by yelling and screaming louder than others in a negative tone.
Jim Rohn said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If those people are negative, you are going to be negative.
If you spend your time soaking in the negativity of others, whether that be in reality or virtually, you are going to be negative.
If you find yourself in this situation, do something about it. Find yourself a positive friend. Then another and another.
Instead of reading and listening to negativity, fill up on positive messages.
Guess what? Your life will change. You will be happier. The world will be brighter. Life will be more fun.
Eliminate the negative. Accentuate the positive.
A week or so ago I did something unusual. I woke up early on a Saturday morning, got ready and left the house just before 9:00 a.m.
I arrived shortly after the others. They had already started. I joined in and soon we were ready to leave.
We followed each other and soon were ready to begin again. We did this two or three more times before we were done for the day.
What did we do?
We helped a couple in our church move.
I’m not saying this to brag. I don’t have anything to brag about. I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but for some reason felt compelled this day.
It felt good to help, but that isn’t what this post is about.
It’s about how we come to know each other in our churches.
It isn’t enough to simply show up every Sunday and expect to really get to know anyone.
You have spend some time with each other outside the four walls of the local church building.
You have to serve together.
Have a Coke or a coffee together.
Share your heart with each other.
Love each other.
That’s how you really get to know each other. You have to actually do life together.
How have you gotten to know the people in your church?
I was reading the Bible the other. That shouldn’t be a surprise since I’m a Christian. However, as I read it, I wondered why other people read it. Or I should say other Christians. I know why I was reading it, but I sometimes wonder if all of us are reading it for the right reasons. Here are some reasons why you may be reading it.
You might read the Bible to complete a year-long Bible reading plan. Of course the prevalence of these will increase as we begin to wind down the year and the new year approaches.
You might read the Bible in order to prepare for a Bible study that you are preparing to teach or attend. It is always good to know what you are talking about before you get started.
You might read the Bible to know God’s will. To know this, God’s word is a good place to start.
Perhaps you read the Bible to prove a point. Someone has challenged you on a point and you need back up. God’s word is a tool that is often used for this.
Some people read the Bible to prove science. I don’t think this one is good since the Bible is not a science text. It is a book of narrative history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature and more.
There may be other reasons to read the Bible, but none of these are the best reason at all. What is the best reason to read the Bible?
To know God.
It’s that simple. If you want to know God that is the best reason to read the Bible. Is it the only way? No. We have the Holy Spirit. We can look at the world He has created. We can know Him through the Church. We can minister to others and countless other ways.
But reading His word, we all should begin and end with that.
How have you come to know God throughout your life? What is the best way for you to know God consistently?
An interesting thing haopened at church yesterday. I suppose interesting things happen every Sunday, but this one was specific to me.
A lady, a neighbor, approached me. She started talking to me about my Facebook posts. She told me that she didn’t understand most of them. From there she told me I was weird.
What else do you do other than agree?
I suppose that I could have had my feelings hurt. I could have been offended or gotten mad.
Instead I laughed all afternoon.
There was nothing for me to disagree with. Why?
I am weird. So are you.
I hate the idea of being like everyone else. I like the fact that I am peculiar. In fact, the Bible calls me peculiar, as well as you if you follow Christ.
I don’t want to be like the rest of the world.
Austin, TX has a tag line that says “Keep Austin Weird.” I say the same.
Keep Larry weird. Keep Larry the Deuce on Twitter and Facebook. Keep Deuceology weird.
That’s the only way I know to live.
I missed you guys Monday.
I had every intention of writing a post to share, but alas it didn’t happen. The events of the weekend prevented it.
Friday night was spent at high school football among a couple thousand people.
Saturday was spent in the midst of 102,455 for hours.
Sunday was spent driving for a couple of hours to a family reunion to hang out with around twenty or so people.
I was bushed when I got home. In fact, I still haven’t recovered completely. I’m still worn out and exhausted as I write this.
I’ve been wondering why I just can’t seem to muster up the output that I used to with this blog. I’ve blamed it on a lot of things, but I believe that I have finally gotten to the bottom of it.
I’m an introvert.
Three consecutive days of being in various sized crowds, following my normal days at work, left me completely wiped out. I didn’t get to spend any “me” time like I normally do on the weekends.
I’ve come to realize that this is where my ideas would come from and be fleshed out. I normally get up early on the weekends and spend time by myself before everyone else gets up. I have time to think, ponder and think about what I wanted to write.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t like people. I love them and love spending time with them. As long as I get that time away from them as well. As long as I get some time to myself.
It’s not an introverts world out there. You have to be intentional about spending time the way you need to so that you can survive as an introvert.
Last weekend was the hazards of being an introvert. Sometimes you find yourself in situations that stretch you well past your limits. You have to recover and move on. The positive is that it finally alerted me to how it was affecting this very important writing and blogging part of my life. I can adjust from here.
Introvert or extrovert? Ever find yourself in extended situations that drain your energy?