Friday, August 28, 2009

where should I start?

When we have a house sitting before our view that needs cleaning, we often sit back already tired, thinking,Oh gosh, where should I begin? Only to have to clean it again in a few days. We don't know whether to begin in the bathroom, the family room, the kitchen, or maybe the basement. We see all the things that need to be done, but do we really want to put forth that much effort? Maybe we can put it off for tomorrow, or even the weekend. We can look at the mess all around us and wonder just how did this all get dirty. Are we not like this in life with those around us? We can open our eyes and see all that is wrong with another, all that needs to be fixed so to say, and we know just how to make things right with them. We need to let God care for those around us, and we, we need to begin with ourselves. We need to get that mirror out that magnifies the image. We need to see ourselves for who we really are before we go start correcting others. Most of the time what we are complaining obout in others, we are doing also, just in different ways or we can find an excuss why we are doing it, just like cleaning our home. We can always find an excuss not to begin in the kitchen. We at times like to either begin in the hardest room, just to get it over with, or the easiest one, so we can move quicker. Did you ever think that cleaning our homes shows just how much we clean ourselves? We don't want to live in dirt, so why do we allow our hearts to go there? Why do we allow our minds to go there and stay in filth for awhile? Our tongue can be the dirtiest thing on our body, but before we think about cleaning that up, we first want to clean up anothers. There is a lesson in all we do, everything that moves about our lives daily can teach us valuable lessons, if we are willing to open our hearts and eyes to ourselves. Joy has to begin within us before we can share it with others. To be able to laugh at others, we need to be able to laugh at ourselves. Before we go correcting another, we need to take a good look at ourselves and the life we are living as an example. Before we judge another, we need to step in their shoes for awhile, and walk their path. So today as I begin to clean my home, I need to begin with spending time with the Lord cleaning my heart to look more like His. "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For is anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was." James 1:22-24 "If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless." James 1:26 "But no man can tame his tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessings and cursings. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." James 3:8-10 There is alot to be said about where we begin first. If we begin with ourselves, we are making a difference in who we are to others. The only person we change is ourselves...
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