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27 December 2007

Automatic Conscience

Yesterday I stepped on a jellybean dispenser that had been left in the floor. Since the leaving of stuff in walkways was a repeat offense, it was really getting on my nerves.

I yelled down the hall at my child who had done this horrible, awful thing. (I wasn't sure which one had done it so I made a blanket yell to make sure both were equally aware of my righteous indignation.)

Immediately, the little sound-activated nativity scene next to me began playing "Silent Night."

For some reason I don't seem to be nearly as efficient at learning from my own words as I am at offering them to others.


Tony M said...

Maybe we should all walk around with sound-activated nativities to keep us in line.

Then again, maybe we should walk around filled with overflowing love that would make the sound-activated nativities superfluous.

Heh-heh. Imagine how great a place the world would be if we all actually strived to be the people we wanted everyone to think we were. (Think about that one for a bit; it's a goal, but the "how" is where we - at least, I - often fall down; "how" do I get to the point where I actually am what I want people to think I am? That's the tough part, the part I have to work on. I'll let you know when I get there... but I imagine we'll be meeting in Heaven at that point and won't be thinking about ourselves anymore anyway.)

Anonymous said...

Christy here...
To comment on Tony's comment: I don't think we (I'm adding myself) will realize we are 'there', if in fact we ever get 'there' - to the point of being what we want everyone to think we are. I can't help but think of Bro. Charles, who is so humble and doesn't even realize it (but that's the point, right?). I don't think I'm explaining myself very well, as usual.

As far as yelling at the kids for leaving a toy or whatever on the floor - I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing to do unless we are guilty of the same thing. We can't let our children go without correction. Some of the things I've experienced as correction from my heavenly Father, I would consider as a good yelling at or at least a good "I told you so".

Tony M said...

As far as the "I'll let you know when I get there" - that was intended only as a humorous remark. I don't think many of us will actually get "there" (where we are what we want people to think we are, or better, where we are what God wants us to be) before we get "there" (Heaven). And those who do make it (or get close) probably won't be satisfied with where they are anyway, always striving even more to be closer to the perfection that God wants in us, the perfection He sees in us through the veil of Jesus' blood.

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