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Aug 3

Admit Your Weaknesses, Part 1 of 2

Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Recently I’ve written about the value of self-esteem insurance.  Access your strengths first.  Admit your weaknesses second.

Bad Habit, Deep Roots

Friday while helping friends move I saw Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine.  I wanted a menu.

For no apparent reason when I pulled into the parking lot I thought to myself, “I’ll just say I just moved into the neighborhood. They’ll gladly give me a takeout menu.”

It made no sense.
– If they had takeout menus, they would gladly give me one.
– If they did not, saying I was new to the neighborhood would not create one.

I walked into the restaurant.

The two cooks saw me walk in and sort-of acknowledged my existence. They were guys, I expected little more from them. I hoped a host, manager, or owner would walk out at any moment.

A minute passed. Then two.

Two little girls walked behind the register desk, looked at me cautiously and had a seat. I greeted them and asked, “Do you have a take-out menu I can have?”

I‘m not sure what would have been reasonable to expect from these two girls approximately ages eight and five, but maybe they were the help I was looking for.

They had no idea what I meant.

The eldest pointed me to the plastic menu. I picked it up and glanced through it.  Obviously I needed more help to get a take-out menu, so I just smiled and waited for someone else.

Finally, a woman walked out. “Do you have a take-out menu I can have?”

I continued, “I just moved into the neighborhood.”

WHAT?!?

I heard the words come out of my mouth: “I just moved into this neighborhood.”

I didn’t move, the Schesvolds did.

Why would I lie?

It was ridiculous how easily that lie came out of my mouth!

I could rationalize that I was tired, hot, impatiently waiting and exhausted from four hours of moving my friends into their new home.

Bad Habits Die Slowly

Growing up I used to lie a lot.  For years I have worked really hard at never lying.

I believe lying disrespects you, God and me.

And, yet, if that lie came out of my mouth so easily, I must still have plenty of work to do.

Fortunately, there is hope and a benchmark for me to pursue: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” 1

Please God help me.
Please God help us.
This is mysilentscream.

Oh, and on top of it, Marla’s has no take-out menus. You can find their menu online here.

1 – Romans 12:2 [MSG]

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