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Monday, May 28th, '18

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BUSTING OUR OWN WINDOWS

"Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism" (Proverbs 18:9 The Message)

 

That's an interesting idea. How many would paint graffiti on their own walls, put sugar in their own gas tank or throw rocks at their own picture window? The question seems absurd, but millions do it every day. They blacken their own eyes, sabotage their own dreams and vandalize their own futures. "He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him that is a great destroyer" is how Solomon put it in the familiar version. But Eugene Peterson's paraphrase calls it vandalism. "Slack habits and sloppy work" don't pay a thing in the moment but they cost millions in the long run. The costliest window that gets busted is our window to the future, vision. And the problem with vandalism is that someone has to pay for cleaning up the mess. Even more tragic is when people get tired of dealing with the vandalism and just surrender to the graffiti scribbled on their emotions.

 

How do we bust our own windows? By downing ourselves with a poor self-image or self-defeating words. By convincing ourselves that we are not deserving of the best. By not finishing what we start. By not adding a signature of excellence to the projects we do complete. By allowing fear to keep us from going after our dreams. By making alibis as to why we can't do what we need to do. Personally, I need a cheerleader at times to keep me striving for the goal line but when the bleachers are empty on my side of the field I have to create my own cheering section, and so do you. David "encouraged himself in the Lord". Don't consent to the voices of failure let alone agree with them. After the Pharisees dropped their rocks and walked away from the woman caught "in the very act" (John 8:4), the one they said ought to die for her sin, there remained one person who needed to drop her rock, the woman herself. Jesus assured, "Neither do I condemn thee". It was now up to her to no longer condemn herself. Rehashing old mistakes is one of the worst forms of self-vandalism. It's time to drop the rocks.

 

We vandalize as we verbalize. Some thoughts aren't meant to be formed into words. Don't ask the mirror, "What's wrong with you?" Instead accentuate the positives. If Job would have added up the minuses instead of the pluses in his life he would have stayed on the ash pile an emotional wreck. But he pulled himself together and hollered, "I know my Redeemer lives!" (Job 19:25) and that positive statement became the turning point in his destiny. During crisis times don't say what you think, say what you know. We "know" that all things work together for good. Waffling back and forth between faith and fear is what makes people spiritually dizzy. God has not given us "a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). The sound and sane thing to do is declare that God loves you, has good intentions for you, will see you through to the end, will work it all out in His timing and that He will have the last say on the things that concern you. There is a word often used but not embraced enough...hope. Hope hopes! It's when we cave into frustration, impatience and fear that we bust out our own windows and commit homicide on the gift of desire.


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