May 22, 2012

Generous Giving, Chronic Eye Problems & Matthew 7

Generous Giving just sent this excellent video.  I had seen the video before but it was an especially timely reminder today.

I spent some time this weekend complaining to my wife about some of our friends, I was being cynical and rude and I was telling her how this person or that person thought that they were better than us for this reason or that.  I told her how small it made me feel.

My wife listened to me and nodded and said that she could appreciate the way I felt.  She is so kind. She then asked me if there was anyone in life that I had the same effect on.  Was there anyone that was feeling small because of my actions?  I spend quite a bit of time with doctors and lawyers and white collar folks, at work and in my free time.  My wife asked if there was anyone that I was neglecting or anyone that could say the same thing about me.

Wow! Yep.

This morning I was excited to join a new study called Discovery Bible Study. We poured through this passage:
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
                                                            Matthew 7:1-5

We read it from about six different versions and then the guy leading the group asked me to repeat it from memory. I fumbled through it and everyone else did as well.  We then restated it in our own words.  And wrapped up by talking about what we would do this week to take action on what we had heard.

I have a big plank in my eye.  This video about working like a doctor and living like a nurse showed up in the inbox right after.  Too often I work like a financial planner and live like one too.  Our industry is focused on people with assets.  Thank goodness God does not measure His love for us based on our net worth or any other measure that matters in this world.

Instead of being focused on my silly emotions about our relationships, God wants me to focus on my own eye.  The eye is such a sensitive body part, what a great picture.  Like a skilled surgeon, He uses his tools to remove the obstruction, to remedy my chronic eye problems...if I let him.

Lord, who do you love that I am ignoring?  Show me where my love is lacking and give me a heart for your people.
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