It's been a long time since I've written. October to be almost exact. Welcome to my...whatever this is about to be.
We can often see things in others and confront them much more easily in others than we can in ourselves. This is a type of mirror. A very dear friend is embarking on a journey about mirrors so I'll let them covered that in detail. But the concept of mirrors as this person brought up is pretty revelatory...
Few things are as potentially painful yet healing, brutal yet potentially as constructive as standing emotionally naked in front of the mirror and dealing with what is there. It's ultimately among the healthiest things we can do for each other. Honesty in great depth can be a huge, angry, snarling female Rottweiler, if you get what I'm not saying...
Yet truth be told, it's probably less painful if you can find it and address it before you're called out on it. Better to be the only one in the front of the mirror when your stuff is laid bare... Not fun for anyone, unless one of the parties is a sadist. (Or is in a sadistic or vindictive etc mode.)
Interesting. I am a big fan of King David from the bible. He was known as "a man after God's own heart". Yet he was denied the honor building the temple because God also said to him, "‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon,[a] for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. 10 He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ "
He made some epic, EPIC blunders as a man, as a king, as a father. He was a warrior (which CAN be and usually was good). He was an adulterous murderer. WHICH IS ALWAYS VERY BAD) He was a polygamist (as was the style at the time). But ultimately he always, copped to his evil behavior and got his heart back aligned with God. He was complicated. A very complicated and well documented man. I don't think my life could hold up to such scrutiny, but I hope I have a heart that is after God, ultimately. That's why I exist. To ultimately give glory to God. Please forgive me for when I don't. And as with all of us, when I fail there is grace and forgiveness, if I ask for it AND YET there is a natural consequence. David found that out too, he didn't get off scot free (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/scot-free.html )... I pray mine are not so dire. But nothing is free. Someone will pay the cost of our actions. Ourselves, others or likely both.
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