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Way 1: “Great! [sarcasm] More stuff that I’m doing all wrong! Surely I must be doing SOMETHING right! These books are so judgmental, I mean look at the Bible, EVERYONE’s a sinner, and there’s so much stuff that I need to learn and change. Forget that!”
Way 2: “Ah so that’s why things have been like that all along! This sheds a lot of light on things! Now I know what I need to do.”
Now I notice with myself that when it comes to things I can be philosophical about I’m totally cool with new information – and I’m all hungry for wisdom… But when it comes to things I do all the time, things I do without thinking about, practical things, everyday things…when someone gives me advice, “hey do it like this, and then that won’t happen. See…it works better.” I resent it.
I don’t resent it because the advice is wrong. In those moments I wish it were wrong! But I resent it when the advice is correct, because that means *I* am wrong… Stupid eh? Now imagine if someone were to shine the light of the world into your life, and show you everything that you’ve been doing wrong, lying to yourself about, misunderstanding… We’d run and hide. That’s why John says that the LIGHT came into the world, but people preferred darkness. So true. This is why turning to God, and reading the Bible, actually hearing and seeing, is like an act of combat! We have to fight to see the truth because there’s a part of us, the sickly part, that desperately wants to hide. But along with the Light comes grace and truth and healing and forgiveness…