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Don’t Be Blinded By The Flaws

By Don Loftis | 11.14.12

Over the past few days, Pam and I have been repainting our living and dining room area.  Having finished one section, I sat admiring the finished product.  It was then that I noticed one spot that had not covered right.  The pastel pink of ten years ago was shining through the new coat of white like a glaring acne pimple.  The beautiful ceiling and crown molding were being overshadowed by an oversight about the size of a quarter.

We often allow a flaw in our lives to blind us to the beauty and blessings around us.  One criticism shadows a dozen compliments.  Betrayal by a friend blinds us to the love of others.  A rainy day causes so much complaining that we forget the four beautiful days that preceded it.

This holiday season, we need to forget the flaws and focus on the blessings.  As Johnson Oatman wrote in his famous hymn, “Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your many blessings, see what God hath done.”  While Paul was in prison, some of his “preacher friends” were taking advantage of his absence to promote themselves.  Rather than bemoaning this personal slight, he said of them, “Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I will rejoice.  Yes, and I will rejoice” (Philippians 1:18).

Contentment comes by having an awareness of the good things we have–not from meditating on the things we don’t have.  May we never allow the flaws of our lives to distort the joys of living.

 


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