May 28th, '18
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OUR OWN WINDOWS
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.