Feb 2, 2012


How many people in your life anger you, upset you and frustrate you? Do you think it's as simple as who's right and who's wrong? Take a Good look around because you chose them! How else would you be challenged to rise above your weaknesses? You chose your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your acquaintance, your friend....How do I know this about you? Many reasons. Mostly my own experience. I have 2 children that I love with all my heart, but they Both make me want to pull my hair Right out of my head Often! One is so quick to say and yell the most horrible things you can think of and it's usually something personal about you. The other drives me nuts with his literal ways and sarcastic comments when he thinks I didn't listen to what he just said. I've always known that some of my biggest flaws are not listening well and being very impatient and reactive. Hmmm. What PERFECT children for me!! Then there's this lady at work who makes every fiber in my being stand on End when she speaks. That's right. She speaks and I want to jump out of my skin. Her southern, lazy words,  improper English and even tone drive me nuts! Think I'm crazy? A friend told me today that a coworkers walk drives her just as crazy. Then there's a coworker who makes us All want to jump over the table, wrap our hands around her neck and....well....you get the ugly picture.
 Ah, you say that We have issues? Maybe so. And maybe That's the point! Look around. Especially at your family. What about them drives You nuts? Are you sitting there thinking that you love them all and wouldn't think badly of them? I think not. Unless your name is Jesus Christ. If you take the focus off of them and look at your reaction to them and how it makes you feel, I guarantee you will find that the problem lies in some deep, but normal flaw of your own. When I'm put in a box with any of the people I mentioned above, my gloves often go on. 
 I react. Sometimes it's only internal, sometimes I spew out the demons in retaliation. It's usually not until After I've stepped out of the box that I begin to condemn myself for my reaction and see that "I" was the problem, not them. I'm not their judge, jury or God. Where Jesus is concerned, the most important thing is that we be like him. I Want to be more like him. Not like me. Not like the me that I find appalling. When I make the changes I need to make, others become inspired to do the same. I also don't give them the approval to behave the way they do by behaving the same way. Instead I give them the approval to be something better. And so it goes around the globe when we become more, others become more. And so goes the verse: 

Matthew 7:5

"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

Then we will have peace

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  1. Ha ha ha ha ha! OK, so when you put it in writing (the annoyances), they sound really awful. Can you delete this post so I can go back to feeling normal and not like a psycho jerk? :)

    I love this line: "you get the ugly picture". WELL SAID!

    Great post. And scripture. I needed to read this, just didn't WANT to :)

  2. Thanks Leslie! Did you notice the Simpson pic under that line? lol. I would love to delete this but I Need the reminder. Ugh. Standby for ugly home pics. ;)