As I was trying to pull out of a street to take a left on the main road, I could not see to my right due to a large cardboard box I had inside my Highlander SUV. It was the beginning of rush hour and I was at a standstill. I was waiting for the inevitable to happen. The horns blowing and the stress and the rat race of Boston traffic.
I began to inch out like a turtle hoping no vehicles were approaching so I could make the left turn. At this point it felt like 4th down with inches to go. I decided to go for it rather than punt the football. I could not get out of my SUV to rearrange the box it was just too big. As I stepped on the gas and prayed hard at the same time, I just went, even though I was blindsided by this large cardboard box in my truck.
Fortunately, I made it safely, but I will say it was a bit risky. Our paths in life are full of risk which can create such stress and anxiety at times that we don’t know which direction to take. So often we create these stressors and want to blame others for our problems or the situation that we’re in like addiction to drugs (even prescriptions), alcohol, pornography, arguing with coworkers or a spouse. Even financial debt due to uncontrolled gambling problems, unexpected medical bills, or the truck suddenly dies .
Perhaps you’re blinded by your own addictions or disrespectful behavior patterns and you cannot see how it is affecting those around you and yourself. We can tend to justify our actions and irresponsibility with, ” I have everything under control”! You begin to believe this lie in your own mind yet those around you know that your blindsided and your caving in to self destruction.
The people who really love you will be honest with you, yet you may not want to hear it until it’s too late. For those family, friends, coworkers, remember; its not what we say, but how we say it that matters. We have to learn to ‘speak the truth in love’ with a sincere and right heart and motive. The journey begins when we walk this road together with a “no judgment zone” like Planet Fitness says in their mission statement.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken at the right time.
Proverbs 25:11 AMP
Everyone of us have blind spots that we can’t see even when we look in the mirror. We may think we are always right and others are wrong, without even understanding what their point of view really means. Everybody does not walk the same road path when we get tempted to judge another so easily, because we think we have it all together! Some people could have ended up on skid row because they may have gone through a rough divorce and got cleaned out. Others may have got fired from a high status or paying position due to a bad choice or lack of integrity and got caught. Jesus, reminded us to remove the plank out of our own eye first.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
Matthew 7:1-5 NLT
If you are at this crossroad I encourage you to get help for both yourself and for the sake of others. Please do not allow pride to blindside you, because once you acknowledge your need your road to recovery will begin and the future will be brighter because of God’s grace.
Have a great day my friend.
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