Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 16
Verse 2: “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.”
I have learned over the years to play the game when asked by my wife, "How does this look?" It's not just a situation for comedians to refer to for laughs. It is a real life and death situation. Now let's be clear, if she asks, "How do I look?" The answer is always easy. She always looks beautiful. If she asks, "How does this outfit look?" That's different. (For me anyways) To me, a bad outfit cannot take from her beauty, but my instinct is to be honest about my opinion of the outfit. I have learned over the years that she doesn't want my opinion. If she wants an opinion, she will asks a woman. If she wants confirmation, she will ask me. After decades in this dance with her, I have finally learned. In her defense, she did let me know that I don't know what I am talking about when it comes to style. To further her defense, everyone also confirmed, I do not have style. If she wants to know the truth, she will asks someone who knows. She is aware that her own perspective could be lacking at times. Like today's "gold nugget" says, “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.”
It is part of our self-preservation that we try to find the best in ourselves. It is scientifically proven. Those who obsess over their flaws are consider mentally unhealthy. The normal approach in our human nature is to push our imperfections to our peripheral. In reality, science didn't prove this, they only confirmed an already present truth. The scriptures declare we will deceive ourselves with our goodness to our own destruction. Our only hope is to acknowledge our inflated view of ourselves and let God be the judge of our spiritual health and condition. He is the only one who can accurately weigh the spirit.
Lord, help me to submit to your opinion and evaluation of my spiritual condition. You are the one who is qualified to not only weigh but purify my spirit. Amen
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