THURSDAY TRUTHFUL HUMOR
Have you ever caught yourself being overly critical of others? Do you realize that more often than not that is as a result of unresolved guilt/shame? Let me try and give you a humorous example:
This lady goes to her pastor and says, “I won’t be attending church anymore!”
“Why,” he asked?
“Well, I see people on their cell phones during service; I’ve heard gossiping and some, well they just ain’t living right; they’re all a bunch of hypocrites!”
Pastor got silent and then says, “Okay. But can I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision?”
“Take a glass of water and walk around this church two times and don’t let any water fall out of the glass.”
“Why yes, I can do that.” And, so, she goes and does it and returns a half hour later.
Pastor asked her three questions: “Did you see anybody on their phone? Did you hear anybody gossiping? Was anyone being a hypocrite?”
“Well, I didn’t see anything because I was so focused on this glass and making sure the water didn’t drip out.”
Pastor was quiet for a moment, cleared his throat and said, “that focused on God so that you don’t fall. That’s why Jesus said follow me! Don’t let your relationship with God be determined by how others related with God let it be determined by how focused you are on God.”
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