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Pastor’s Corner November 2018
The view from my office window is at the same time, creating discomfort and relaxation. Discomfort because with winter coming on our woodshed is not full, there is a partly built shop, there are still some greens in the garden to be processed and some clean up to do before snow. That is just one end of the house. Relaxation because I see birds flitting around with no worries, and deer nibbling on grass beneath an apple tree, disappointed there are no more apples.
Sometimes we tend to chastise ourselves because of incomplete projects or incomplete character development. We may feel like we should be far better people than we are, considering the length of time we’ve been Christians, and perhaps we’re correct in that assessment. The mirror on the wall can bring discomfort or relaxation. My observation is that not too many people look at the mirror and just relax. In fact we sometimes look at it with extreme discomfort. Why? Because of our focus. Although it is considerate of those who have to look at us through the day, to comb, brush, and do whatever we do with our hair etc. extreme focus on ourselves, whether physically or spiritually is useless, maybe even damaging and usually distorted. Mark Twain said, “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” If your focus is critical you’ll have discomfort. If your focus is selfish and proud, the image is still distorted.
C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” I think he had it right. Don’t waste too much time in front of the mirror. The key to a balanced Christian life is stated in Heb. 12:2 “Looking unto JESUS, the AUTHOR (originator) and FINISHER (perfecter) of our faith.”
Pastor Jim & Melody