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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Reflections of Ourselves

What have you learned about yourself from considering [the limitations, failures, and weaknesses of others]? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 996).

The first response we should have when observing the limitations, failures, and weaknesses of others is to not sit in judgment of them but instead to examine our own hearts. Think of someone from whom you seem the most different, remote, and alienated; now consider that what is different about you pales in comparison to what you both share—human nature. I have heard it said that subtle differences make all the difference, and in some respects that is true. But we should never assume that we are not vulnerable to each and every foible that has afflicted humanity from the beginning—just sometimes manifested in different and devious ways. Likewise, in reverse there are many strengths we pride ourselves in that are likewise shared by even the most humbled and dejected. Thus, my plea today is to remember that we need not stretch to place ourselves in the shoes of another (even our enemy's)—for in most respects we are already there.

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