Monday, April 28, 2014
April 28, 2014
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” (Luke 6:45 NASB)
Peter Diamandis emphasizes Abundance in his book, “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think”. My reasoning for creating The Fount of Blessings (MyFount.com) is that there is an abundance of food, clothing, shelter and much more being offered by churches, charities and social agencies in San Diego. These are “streams of mercy, never ceasing”: abundant resources right in every neighborhood. That is good news.
But based upon the news lately, there must also be an abundance of STUPIDITY. Just ask chef Paula Deen, Phil (Duck Dynasty) Robertson, the Nevada cattle farmer, or the owner of a certain Los Angeles NBA team, just to name a few (all of whom may be as pure as the driven snow – but whose words leave huge doubts). Add to that the guy who shot up a Jewish Center and killed two Methodists and a Catholic! And the epidemic seems to be spreading.
I call it hash-tag stupidity (#Stupidity). It is the result of being caught in the act of letting what is in the heart slip out the mouth uncensored. It’s different from Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). We have all said things we wish we could take back. Mouth-and-heart disease (#Stupidity) is much worse, for it reveals what is really going on inside a person’s heart, mind and soul. That is where anger, lust, envy, hate and a dozen other lethal vices lurk.
#Stupidity is no respecter of persons. You and I are susceptible to it, too. I know, we are not a racist, haters, or stupid, are we? Of course not. No one in their own mind ever is. We all have a way of justifying our anger, our hatred, our passions (they cut me off in traffic, look threatening per my preconceived notions, or did something to set me off).
I know that places me dangerously close to calling some people fools (which Matthew 5:22 prohibits). So let me clarify the difference between #Stupidity and #Fools. A fool ignores the lessons of God, and God Himself. #Stupidity ignores the symptoms within the heart, mind and soul that separate us from God and each other.
So in the campaign to eradicate #Stupidity, I offer:
7 Steps to Cure #Stupidity
1. Admit your prejudices. Do you hold your purse a bit closer or lock your car doors and windows when “certain people” get too close? Just as the first step in all self-help programs is admitting you have a problem, you must admit your prejudices before you can deal with #Stupidity.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself. Change your attitude of “those people” to “my brothers and sisters”. Enlarging your family goes a long way to eradicate #Stupidity.
3. Forgive trespasses. In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “Forgive us our trespasses AS WE FORGIVE those who trespass against us.” Yikes. ‘Nuff said.
4. Thou shalt not blame others. It is a trap to blame the ills of society upon the poor, a whole race of people, liberals or conservatives, or even the government. The problem is not out there, it is within all of us.
5. Heal thyself. Jesus warned that we should remove the beam that is in our own eye, before trying to remove the speck in our brother’s eye.
6. Extend a helping hand. Rather than pointing fingers or fists, try extending a helping hand to someone who is hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, in prison or a stranger. You might be surprised how your attitude changes.
7. Get a new heart. Have a spiritual heart transplant. Remember, #Stupidity is letting what is in your heart slip out your mouth uncensored. If what is in your heart is love, kindness, joy, peace, patience, and the like, then #Stupidity is not going to be a problem.
No matter what pretty words come out of the mouth to hide #Stupidity, it has a way of coming out sooner or later; for as Jesus said, “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (The word for “full” here is the same in the Greek as “abundance”.)
So if you make sure there is an abundance of charity, compassion, forgiveness and brotherly love in your heart, mind and soul, you will not have to worry about #Stupidity.
Devotedly yours, Bill Jenkins
From the Quote Garden:
“If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people?”
~ Author Unknown ~
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