Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Don't do that to me

This is an embellishment of an actual event.  I am changing the story a bit to make a point.  Here goes:

A teenage girls was swimming in a lake.  Her mother is in a lawn chair on shore.  A gator approaches the girl in the water.  She is fortunate enough to get out of the water, but the gator follows.  The girl climbs a tree.  The gator camps out at the base of the tree, waiting for his meal  to come back down.

The girl's mother calls 911 and is hysterical.  Sobbing, she is beside herself.  The police arrive and dispatch the gator.  The girl comes down.  All safe and sound.

Then the mother goes off on the daughter.   Slapping her on the arm, she says repeatedly, "DON'T DO THAT TO ME!  DON'T DO THAT TO ME!"

Don't do that to me?  What did the girl do to the mother?  The girl was the one in peril.  The mother made a situation that was about her daughter, about her.  She made it about her.

How often to we take over a situation that is really about someone else and make it about us?
As Christians we are invited to live outside of ourselves, but it is not easy.
There are 10,000 roads back into selfishness.  We find them far too often.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019

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