never had Ebola, but recently I did come in contact with something just as
came my way in one of those loud-talking-stranger-in-the-waiting-room kind of experiences.
Lisa wears sandals EVERY DAY”.
Why would anyone want an ugly
chair like this?”
people got my order wrong.”
poor dear (Southernism for big ol ugly of spirit)
was infected to the core with a
nasty case of MWITRW.
it funny how "ugly" is so easy to diagnose in others,
but so easily hidden in
our own lives?
Several days after
the nasty encounter with
I heard it pop out of my own mouth.
waste of time that is.”
I was immediately struck to the heart.
MWITRW claims another victim.
really bothered me,
this glimpse of ugly in my heart.
I knew it was deadly and needed surgery,
so I took it to prayer and the Word.
Sure enough, when the scalpel cut back
the flesh of my heart, the sin was exposed.
12:3 tells us that we should not have
an elevated view of ourselves,
comparing with others.
compare with what God has given us,
not what we have within ourselves.
In my dealings with others, I realize,
that I have not followed that mandate.
not talking about morality, sin, Biblical truths. I’m talking about day-to-day lifestyle choices.
judged friends who ate at restaurants often.
It seems like to me, a frivolous
It was a huge adjustment
early in our marriage,
my strong feelings about “wasted” food
judged people by where they
bought their clothes,
kind of a reverse snob
I’m a second-hand,
thrift store lover and was
harsh in my views of others
judged people on their recreational activity.
I cannot fathom the attraction to sports,
and it is beyond
my comprehension how anyone
derives pleasure from watching
other people throwing, hitting or chasing
name it, I judged it.
caught myself glancing into grocery carts
and judging their contents.
Sigh…like I said... ugly.
the Book of Wisdom shined its light
on my mind and helped me to understand the
MWITRW is not the disease,
it is the symptom of the real disease.
The disease of pride.
Some things are not a
better, wiser or right.
judging others choices I was
pridefully elevating my own.
The sin of pride leads us to draw conclusions
that God does not draw.
For example, how one should enjoy roses.
You can grow roses in the desert.
If you are willing to haul in dirt, amend the soil,
drag water out to them every day
and shelter them from blistering
Or you could invest in a bouquet
from the florist
every once in awhile.
a rose gardener the
financial cost, energy cost, daily time investment
could be worth
the high commitment.
The bountiful bouquets might hold
enormous reward for them.
For someone else, who merely admires roses
but does not find value in the cultivating process,
it could be a drudgery, burden, and dread.
foolish it would be for one to
judge the other by their own feelings.
“My crazy sister who lives in the
wastes time, water and energy growing roses,
how foolish is that?”
“My crazy brother,
he wastes money ordering roses from a florist."
Both ideas assume
both rooted in pride of ones own opinion.
is how it is in life.
person chooses to invest in
may not be the choice of another.
One is not better, one is not wiser,
is simply a matter of choice.
may spend their money eating out,
while another spends that same money
music, garden plants or books.
may purchase expensive clothing at designer shops,
while another spends the
on a vacation, hobby or fishing equipment.
As long as they are honoring God
first and best with their money,
these choices are neither right or wrong,
they are merely choices.
the next time I’m tempted to criticize
someone for growing roses in the desert,
or for buying
roses from the florist,
I’m going to take out my pruning sheers of wisdom
and nip pride in its