Monday, November 21, 2011

Don't worry, we still hate you

Pride, just doesn't work out for us, as I mentioned here.  Continuing on my Bible in a Year journey, I found another example just a few short chapters from there.
And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. (Mat 12:9-14)
Oh good.  Heal a guy, have your countrymen want to find a way to destroy you.  Thank goodness we're not like the Pharisees!  Our competitive, ego-centric, self-centered natures would never lead us to do such things. /sarcasm

Haven't we all known someone who was aggravating us with their awesomeness?  Maybe that's just me.  I've grown quite a bit, but I still can do that sometimes.  Hopefully for not very long.  And I've yet sought to destroy anyone over it.  But don't we sometimes try to assume someone is doing something for some other motive than good?  Can't we sometimes slip into thinking they must get or expect something out of their goodness?  Do we sometimes think ill of those doing good things?

If only we would instead seek the good in others and what they do and focus first on God and what God wants.  Perhaps God doesn't want us to be the one to do the task they just did in an awesome fashion.  Perhaps God wants us to follow their lead and do better.  Perhaps God just wants us to encourage them on their journey and in their work.  In any event, God doesn't want us to be hung up by our own pride and fail to serve Him.

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