2004-06-18 - Who Stinks?
I was walking near the woods recently with our dog Pierre, and I suddenly smelled a foul odor. I kept walking away, but the nauseating smell accompanied me. After about five minutes, I realized I was what was stinking! I had stepped in something unpleasant.
I think life's like that too. We look all around us to see what's causing the problem - and sometimes the problem is US. We continue to lose jobs or have difficulties with bosses and coworkers, blaming them for being hard on us, unfair, difficult etc. But if there's a pattern of this, we need to look at OUR behavior and attitudes.
Proverbs 20:27 (NASB) The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.
Do you ever notice yourself having the same arguments with different family members or friends? If so, it's time for a heart exam - and I don't mean an EKG.
Do you find yourself writing your minister a good number of letters of complaint? If so, it would be a good idea to ask God to help you see if the problems are real or just differences of preferences (like types of music or versions of the Bible).
Are you in trouble regularly at school - or with the police? If it happens over and over, you need to do a survey of your behavior and attitudes. It's probably not them persecuting you; it's probably "you," and you'd probably see that objectively if you were observing someone else's life.
I hope you will join me today in asking God to search your heart, to see if you are the one stinking. It's human nature for us to think the problem is always someone else, but God can give us the discernment to see when it's us, as well as the ability to "clean up our act."
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