An Examined Life
He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’” - Luke 8:10
One day a nearsighted elderly man who considered himself an art expert visited a museum. He’d forgotten his glasses and couldn’t see clearly, but that didn’t stop him from airing his opinions.
What he thought was a full-length portrait soon caught his attention. He gazed at it a moment, then began his criticism. “The frame is altogether out of keeping with the picture,” he complained, “The man is too homely and shabbily dressed. In fact, it was a great mistake for the artist to select such a shoddy subject for his portrait.”
He continued until his wife managed to discretely pull him aside. “My dear,” she whispered, “you’re looking in a mirror.”
It’s important to examine your life, but be sure you’re using the only mirror able to both diagnose and heal–the life and Word of Jesus.
The best mirror is an old friend. -George Herbert (1593-1633)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.