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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Funny, funny...

So I thought I'd seen some pretty funny things in my short time, but today would have pretty much topped it. I say "would have" because it all became clear as to what was actually happening while I watched.

I was sitting on my steps of my porch and I heard what sounded like a vacuum. Thinking nothing I looked up to where the sound was coming from. It was a house just down the street on the corner, but it faces away from us. Through the gap between their house and garage I saw the owner vacuuming...his driveway!!!! At least that's what it looked like. I watched for a few moments shaking my head in bewilderment because I know there are people who are really picky about the cleanliness of their driveways (neighbor 2 doors down from us), but this went above and beyond picky...this is just plain neurotic!!!! I even called my neighbor Tara to come check it out because I couldn't believe what I was seeing (maybe not one of my most shiny moments).

As we watched for a few moments, the guy suddenly picks up a mat and gives it a shake. Ahhhh!!! It's all much clearer, he was vacuuming the mat which was lying on the driveway.

It's interesting how we can see something from a distance and make a judgment or jump to a conclusion. We talk about it with other people and shake our head at the way people look, act or do things, but if we take a closer look and actually find out what's really going on behind the scenes, we wouldn't be so quick to laugh or judge. If we'd look at them through the eyes that God views us all in, we'd have more patience, more compassion. Not all things are as they appear on the surface. God has called us to "Love one another", "Love our neighbor", "Love our enemies". Do you see a pattern? Yet what comes out of our mouths is usually anything but love. I know I'm guilty of it.

11 comments:

Alexis Jacobs said...

Great food for thought!

Jen said...

interesting post

Dedee said...

Good thoughts Erin. (I can bet you were laughing your head off at yourself though. I would have been!)

Erin said...

Oh, I was laughing, very hard.

Ruth said...

what's wrong with vacummin your driveway? juuuuust kidding. i think vacuming should be nixed entirely.

good thoughts my friend. i am guilty of this. God's been talking to me about judgement and about removing planks and stuf like THAT.

Lindsay said...

I hate that the first thought in my head is judgment and not love. Even though we start to learn to filter it so that it's mostly just the love that comes out, the thought that remains a thought still affects us.

Great food for thought.

Still, I would have laughed SO HARD... :)

Nadine said...

Great post Erin. I enjoyed reading it very much.

Congrats on another lb gone - good for you!

Louise said...

Great post Erin!
Its like this quote
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

Have a great day!

cheeky said...

Guilty as well.
I just had a conversation about this yesterday with a good friend. We were talking about how we all are wretches. We don't want to admit it but it's true. No sin is greater than the next and we are all SIN+.
I love it when my heart is convicted.

svea said...

great post. gla dyou are enjoying the great outdoors, keep it warm for me up there =)

it's me, Val said...

Erin,
As always, a very thought-provoking awesome post. You are the best. I love how your mind works. I know God does, too :) xo

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