Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Intermittent Amnesia


I think my generation is responsible for the smart alek comeback "Duh!!", and on behalf of my generation, I apologize;) I've noticed that as my children have gotten a little older and oh so much wiser, duh has found its way into their vocabulary too.....

Not that I'm happy about it.

They even have their own little spins on how to deliver it now, as if I won't know what their really saying...

There's the simple "Duhhhh??" that you sling off your pointed tongue toward your sister when you're trying to make her look stupid and yourself look smart.

Then there's the emphatic NO DUH?!?! - still attempting to loft your intelligence high in the sky.

And the latest spin on this lovely phrase to boomerang around my kitchen has been, "No, durr, Brenna!" I'll just say, it wasn't the only thing spinning in my kitchen, I think my head spun too!

We have a few, ok, we have lots of things we are not supposed to say in our house. And No Duh and any form of No Duh is on that unwritten list, along with WHATEVER. Can I just tell you how I despise that word? Yes, you know, I can tell - you feel the same way.

What amazes me is that we tend to have intermittent amnesia in our house when it comes to things we aren't supposed to say or do. Anybody with me here?

That is, unless our sister is the one that does it, and then we're on that like white on rice.

Complete miraculous healing of the amnesia at the mere utterance of a forbidden word by one's own flesh and blood.

"Momma said we aren't supposed so say that, McKayla!" and make sure you emphasize the McKayla in hopes that Mom noticed that you, in fact, are the perfect child - this time.

Drives me insane.

But don't we sort of do the same thing to our Christian brothers and sisters?

It's sad to say, but I think we often do.

We forget the rules, so to speak, when it applies to us, but we are quick to point them out when it applies to someone else.

Ouch - that hurt my toes a bit.

We want His grace extended to us, but's when it comes to other people, we aren't as quick to extend the same.
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:3
Ok, I don't necessarily like this verse either, but I did learn something new about it this week.

The original word for look, which is used in reference to us looking at others here, is blepo which means - to discern, to perceive, to understand, to keep on seeing. This word is also used when referring to the blind recovering their sight.

And the original word for notice, referring to when we look at ourselves in this particular verse, is katanoeo (don't ask me to pronounce that!) which translate to us as - to observe fully, to consider, to take notice accurately.

It could read this way-
Why do you keep on seeing the speck in your brother's eye, but do not take accurate notice of the log that is in your own eye?

Notice the difference?

When it comes to others, I am much more likely to ponder why they do what they do (blepo), but when it comes to myself, I stop short of taking accurate notice (katanoeo) of myself and my choices.

I get intermittent amnesia about my sin, the parts of me that aren't like Jesus yet, but the amnesia miraculously leaves when
someone else messes up and I sort of found myself saying "No DUH!" in my spirit.

It's alot easier for us to perceive something bad about another than it is to contemplate our own issues - I guess for us to be able to contemplate our own logs, we have to decide not to keep on seeing a fault in someone else.

Please still be my friends, y'all. I don't particularly like posting lessons like this, but I'm just sharing with you what He's sharing with me, and right now, He is very aware of my amnesia.......I think He just added No Duh to my list..

Really, please still be my friend ;)

Biggest Blessings,

Royal Princess Daughter Of The King

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