Vulnerable

A couple of posts by others in the last day or so has made me more aware of my own vulnerability and how the consequences of that vulnerability can play out in my interaction with others.

One of the posts that caught my attention had to do with the fact that in essence, we are all cripples. In other words, we all have deficiencies that limit the abilities that God would have us make use of, which primarily has to do with God’s guidance and wisdom, versus our own. The post was authored by Fran Rogers and you can view it here, should you wish to do so.

The other post had to do with an exchange I had via email with a Christian sister, about the wording she used on one of her posts. That exchange was between her and I, so I will leave that as it is but suffice to say that the comment I made and subsequently asked her to delete, was not necessary, and she graciously deleted it. It wasn’t a hostile observation but it was not necessary.

The point being why did I make that unnecessary comment? Actually the Lord brought it to my mind later on in the day that it had not been necessary, which prompted my apology and request for her to delete it. 

Frustration was the reason behind the comment. Not with my Christian sister, but with something that I am dealing with, and the spill over was the unnecessary comment. Just so you know, I did tell my Christian sister why I had submitted the question later in our email exchange. I owed her that and she was gracious.

Crippled and frustrated, could be one and the same thing, couldn’t it? I suspect that we have little understanding on how what we have gone through, or what we are going through, sometimes affects how we interact with others. Sometimes we allow that frustration to extend into other areas that has absolutely nothing to do with the area of frustration that we are dealing with. Kind of like a cascading waterfall effect if you will. And I know that this awareness isn’t exactly new, because I have seen the same thing being explained to me, by God, many times before, especially when it comes to things that I did during my younger days with the Lord. 

But now, even now? And the answer is indeed yes. Obviously not nearly as much as it used to happen but it still happens and unless one is open to God’s instruction, it can be subtle and go unnoticed. And who knows how many of these little “incidents” I have been responsible for and not been in tune with God’s correction? Yes, you’re right, I probably don’t want to go there.

So it’s not only how you say, what you say, but it also involves why you say, what you say. That kind of puts another layer onto the “remove the log from your own eye before you go about removing twigs from other people’s eyes” guidance that Jesus gave us, doesn’t it?

I see an awful lot of bitterness, hostility and resentment on the Internet these days, and unfortunately a good amount of it is authored by Christians. I wonder how much of that bitterness, hostility and resentment stems from issues that the individual has gone through or is going through? I suspect that there is a correlation. 

And I also suspect that there are a lot more of us that are more crippled than we think we are.

This is what Jesus told us to do in Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (emphasis mine)

I know of no better advice. “Learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart . . ” There are very few of us who can say “Learn from me”, but Jesus did, and we should, not only because we really need to but also because the tone, consistency and always available source of our peace depends on it.

Just something to think about.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

17 comments

  1. That’s a very wise observation, Bruce. Not everyone realizes that this is what they’re doing, and it was humble of you to realize it and change (by requesting her to delete it).

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  2. My weakness…I tend to withdraw from people, talking and blogging when life throws tough things at me, hence my sporadic posts. It’s a good thing to point to Jesus who really is the only one who could say “Learn from me”.
    On a lighter note, I will never be able to help people catch fish like he did but that doesn’t seem to deter me.

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    • Open mouth, insert foot, seems to be my weakness ,so withdrawing would be the better of those two choices. And looking ahead seems to be the only viable option. And with regard to you helping people catching fish, I’m thinking that is a good thing. Blessings Gary. Keep me in your prayers as I keep you in mine.

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  3. It seems to me that we all do this, some of us more than others. (Hanging my head in shame.) Having the ability and the humility to admit it and make amends — that seems to be in short supply, these days.

    Thank you for sharing this, brother Bruce. You have reminded me: I have an overdue amends to make.

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  4. I haven’t heard many people admit to being “crippled,” but we are, aren’t we?
    One of the insults unbelievers like to use is that Jesus is “just a crutch.” My response to that is, when you’re crippled, that’s not a bad thing. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Howdy Bruce, thanks for sharing mate.

    A good reminder of Jesus’s words in Matthew, ones that we can easily forget. I have to agree with your thought about people being more crippled than we think…you only have to spend a little bit of time in silence and solitude and be open to God stepping in that space to realise how much. For many its to much to deal with but i think its important for us to see where we are crippled, that way we have more capacity to love others. I am realising that more and more.

    Keep on Abiding

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