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Fix My Eyes

Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” 
      ~ Corrie ten Boom
 
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
 
     It is so easy to tear down. So easy.  Before 2010, I had never heard the word snarky.
snark·y
ˈsnärkē/
adjective

NORTH AMERICANinformal
  1. (of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide.
    “the kid who makes snarky remarks in class”
    • cranky; irritable.
      “Bobby’s always a bit snarky before his nap”
    Since then, it is close to replacing “sarcasm” as a way of life, at least where I live.  It is so easy to grab a gavel and judge, point that finger and pontificate, shake one’s head in disgust and forget to pray.
          Where we are now in the world, we cannot afford anything but to pray.  Build up, vocalize that word of affirmation, that compliment.  It is important to build up those in the body of Christ.  Sometimes we are the only thing standing in the gap between life and death.  No matter what front we are on, standing together in Christ is integral and more important than any other way one can stand.  Jesus has to fill us up, wash our core, be our core so that He is the lens through which we see, hear and speak.  In HIM we live and move and have our being.  How can we afford anything else but to build up the body of which Jesus is the head?
     Today, use your faith radar to see, to hear, and to speak.  Build up another believer, or the one that God prompts you to build up.
 
Fix My Eyes
 
     Lord, help me to accept praise in the light of your word, help me to give praise, encouragement according to your love. Keep my faith radar in working order, that I may use it for your glory.
     Because of Him,
     Linda
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Snark?

“Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within.” 
     ~ Thomas Paine
 
 He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”
    ~ Mark 9:35
 
     I believe that we must let that enemy take the same place as the one who wants first place.  It must be servant to all.  When focus is placed on Jesus, say, before you walk into a room,  you enter into the light!  If one can hold that visual, the likelihood of one’s best self disappearing is greater.  I am not saying that sometimes it doesn’t go straight out of my head the minute the first remark feels more like a shot across the bow, but it sure helps.  
     Snarky is a word I did not even know about till I went back to grad school.  And the person who introduced it to me was its personification, acid, exposing the underbelly of life like a treasured trophy, and writing about the same with no glimmer of light, just a notch on her belt. 
     It does not become us.  I know I may have suggested this before, but I suggest it again.  Before you go into any door, count to yourself, 1, 2, 3, and open the door and let Jesus go first, or a colleague, or…your own worst enemy.
 
Lord, help me to see you at every door, every crossroad, every archway.  Help to bury the “snark” in me, where  you choose, not in my pocket at the ready.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Snarkville

     A stiff apology is a second insult…. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. 
 
     ~ G.K. Chesterton
 
     So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
 
     ~ Romans 12:1-2
 
     Why do my students ask me if I am being sarcastic when I compliment them?  Why do adults from other states ask the same question?  I wondered until I looked at the television that they are exposed to, as compared to the television of say, the 50’s and 60’s.  
 
     There was no swearing on TV, there were people sleeping in twin beds even if they were married, there were upstanding families of several configurations.  There was a moral skeleton on which these shows were hung. The newscasters wrote their own copy which had to be free from bias.  
 
     And now there is criticism, sarcasm, falsehood from every direction a child turns.  “I lied and told him his father died.”  “I lied and told her we couldn’t afford it, but I got a new ____.” “If we could only get rid of ____, my life would be easier, but ___keeps pointing out the truth.”
 
Eventually they know.  They talk to me, they tell me what saddens them, what they are angry with, why it hurts.  And that is in the course of a lesson.  
 
Many are trying to fill that God shaped hole with everything but God. 
Lord, push all from me that is not shaped for you.  Clean out the sarcasm, the anger, the lies, and leave us shining, reflecting your glory.
Amen
 
Because of Him,
Linda
 
The God Shaped Hole
 
Every point of view has another angle
And every angle has its merit
But it all comes down to faith
That’s the way I see it

You can say that love is not divine and
You can say that life is not eternal
“All we have is now”
But I don’t believe it

Chorus:

There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And the restless soul is searching
There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And it’s a void only he can fill

Does the world seem gray with empty longing
Wearing every shade of cynical
And do you ever feel that
There is something missing?

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