The Lie – I can do it Myself

I was about to write a post regarding how I needed to change the cynicism in my heart. Instead of examining the roots of cynicism, which I have been doing since January, I should begin replacing those thoughts with actions and thoughts involved with showing mercy, love, kindness, etc. I was going to tell you how I was planning to do that in practical terms.

But this blog post by another author, Judith Doctor, reminded me of one of the important differences about Christianity. We need the power of God to change our lives from the inside out.

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The truth is, I cannot do it by myself.

The Plank

I am amazed that I can see at all.

The plank in my eye is so large.

Yet somehow I can easily point out another’s critical spirit, while being utterly unaware that in pointing it out, I am committing the same error. It must be galling.

Sometimes I go further and add motives to their actions. She is critical because she wants to show she is superior to me. He doesn’t cut his lawn as often as I do because he is lazy.

Judging others in this manner is at the heart of cynicism.

Jesus speaks plainly about this for our good, and for the good of others

“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) NIV

Other translations compare the mote;very small particle;speck in your brother’s eye to the beam, log, plank in your own eye.

It is so easy to see the faults of others so that we can pick them apart, even though we have to make a great deal of effort to see out of our own eyes which are so clouded by our own glaring faults.

The plank in our own eye is painful. It is poison to our own souls.

We need to repent and turn away from the sin of cynicism.

Lord help me to remove the plank from my own eyes in order to see clearly the good in others. Help me to replace cynicism with love, forbearance, patience, forgiveness.

Ripples of Influence Award

This award is to those in my circle of writers who encourage others in their journey in this life.

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The rules:

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1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you

3. Answer 7 questions

.4. Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.

1. If you could create your own planet what would it look like? It would look a lot like this one, without the trash, ugly scars of war and mining,

2. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be? I would like to go to England and Ireland…to see the castles, the history.

3. Have you ever taken a long distance train trip? No, but I would like to take a color tour up into Canada, north of the Great Lakes.

4. What is something you would collectively change about humanity? Cynicism and distrust.

5. What is your favorite song? A hymn – Great is Thy Faithfulness.

6. If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet? Jesus

7. If you could choose one symbol to represent you, what would that symbol be and why? A seed. Because that represents hope for the future.

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The Nominations

Mother of Nine: http://themotherofnine9.wordpress.com/

Doughnut Manifesto: http://doughnutmanifesto.wordpress.com/

Pam Anderson Blog – The Truth about God & Me: http://pamandersonblog.com/

Unshakable Hope: http://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/

Lessons by Heart: http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/

Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Hope in the face of Parkinson’s disease.

Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. We ourselves have received comfort from God.” II Corinthians 1:3-4

Dteachout's Blog

In June of 2008 I went to a neurologist because of a tremor in my left hand which had lasted for at least four months. At first I tried to deny I had a problem, hoping it would go away. It didn’t. After a physical examination and an MRI the doctor told me I had Parkinson’s disease.
The neurologist gave me a book to read that sounded like a horror story and I was the main character. I learned there are five stages to the disease and I was in the first stage. I found three facts to be disturbing. Parkinson’s is a chronic disease, there is no cure. It is a progressive disease; if I live long enough I will achieve level five. Finally, it becomes a primary disease because it affects every area of life.
Being a Christian and a certified advanced addictions counselor I knew there was…

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