Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"You know. . ."

This last Sunday I got the privilege to "preach" at Capital City. For the most part, it went well. I had a good time doing it. Then the day after comes. . .

I usually teach every week but I don't get a chance to listen to myself. Since the sermon gets recorded, I can listen to it in all of its glory (you can listen to it too at the website). Man, is it tough to listen to yourself! My Oma has told before that I say "you know" a lot and my wife makes fun of me for it but then I actually heard it for myself. I couldn't believe it. I said it A LOT! I guess if you have ever had a conversation with me I'm sure that you have picked up on that before so this is not anything new. Now, I finally had the OMG moment that should motivate me to change.

I firmly believe that many of us rarely are open to honestly looking at what we do and how we act. Others may see things clearly but until we actually see it for ourselves, we will never change. Solomon is right when he writes:

Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart. ~Ecc 5:18-20

Because things are going well, we "seldom" look at our lives. Why should we reflect and look at our lives? Look at the Book of proverbs for a few:
  • There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. ~ Proverbs 14:12
  • The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. ~ Proverbs 12:15
  • Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. ~ Proverbs 20:18
  • When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall. ~Proverbs 29:16
I'm already noticing my faults the more that I listen to people. I'm going to look to Jesus to help with this part of my soul. My heart needs changed not my words. My heart needs to be clarified, confident and unhurried. When that happens, the nervous "You know" habit will disappear.
  • As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man. ~Proverbs 27:19
  • Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. ~Proverbs 4:23
  • The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." It's not about not doing something. It is about filling the something with something else. I need to submit my mouth to Christ more. ~Luke 6:45
What is it in your life that you have refused to look at because you are afraid of what you see? What do others see in you that you have ignored for far too long?

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