Daily Prompt: Perplexed

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Perplexed

1> bewildered; puzzled

2> complicated; involved; entangled.

Perplexed! There are many things that leave me perplexed. How does gravity work? What’s in the centre of the earth? What is a black hole? How does my brain function? How is each snowflake, fingerprint, leaf different? Did dinosaurs really exist or not? Do aliens exist?

But to me the most perplexing thing of all are relationships. Of husband and wife, parents and children, siblings, friends etc. How do we all fit together? What makes some of us click and some blast? Why are relationships so involved and bewildering? What you say, what you do, what you think…all of it makes a difference. Husbands don’t understand wives and parents don’t understand children. Siblings don’t understand each other, they are always competing for their parents attention or material benefits. Parents are trying to teach children boundaries and values and morality. But they may not always be perfect in these same teachings. We tell our children that lying is bad, yet we tell lies ourselves. We call them ‘white lies’, harmless lies, lies of omission, etc. But a lie is a lie. It can’t be qualified. And it is confusing to those children we are teaching, that lying is wrong!

Relationships are confusing, involved and unnecessarily bewildering. There are rules for everything and everyone. Rules for husbands, wives, children, friends, acquaintances, neighbours etc. What is acceptable behavior and whats not. What to say, what to do…rules, rules everywhere.

The only relationship that is truly simple and uncomplicated is my relationship with Christ. His rules are simple. Love the Lord above all else and love your neighbour as yourself. Once you follow Him and these simple rules, all other relationships become less complicated. If husbands love their wives like themselves, they won’t cheat on them, beat them, ill treat them either physically or emotionally. Same for wives, if they love their husbands like themselves, they wouldn’t deny the husband his due, they too wouldn’t cheat. They wouldn’t lie to each other or their children. When children see their parents behave well, treating each other with respect and love and consideration, they will try to emulate the parents. The children will treat the parents with respect and honour. Peace will reign in the home. When these peaceful people go out, they will interact with all those they meet in a peaceful way. Anger and provocation will not follow their words and deeds. In this way all our relationships will be affected with the peace of Christ. And the presence of Christ, the God of light, will illuminate the darkness and disperse the confusion of complicated and entangled relationships.

At least that’s the ideal world I’d like to live in. But I know life is not always so cut and dried. We are only human and we are ruled by our weaknesses. Sometimes, when provoked, we get angry and even abuse and curse. We lose our peace. But the trick is to realise the weakness in ourselves, deal with it and overcome it. We will fall from time to time. But we must get up, dust ourselves off and continue trying. Someday, I will achieve that ideal! Till then I’ll just keep trying And whenever I get perplexed, I’ll look up to the Lord of Light and ask for His illumination to disperse the darkness and confusion.

 

 

Let Me Not Jeopardize

Let me not, jeopardize,

the faith of others, in my life.

Help me be,

Your hands and light,

and not fail, to show,

the path that’s right. *

Source: Let Me Not Jeopardize

Jeopardize – today’s word prompt! On looking through the other posts I came across the above quote! A very beautifully written one indeed.

In our quest to be the perfect and righteous Christian its a simple concept that we all forget. Our behavior reflects our master. In natural life our behavior reflects our parents. What they teach us through verbal and non-verbal communication makes us what we are. In the same way our moral compass is a reflection of our proximity to God and His Word. Our behavior can cause people to either praise God or blame Him. In everything we do and say we should always ensure that our compass is facing God (north). When we have the fear of God in our hearts and we respect His Word we will always be a credit to Him. And the better behaved we are, the more souls we will win for Him. Evangelizing will become as easy as pie. Because people will see Christ reflected in us. It’s not eloquence of tongue that wins people over it is the Spirit of God shining through us that wins them over.

I wanna be a credit to Him.

 

Daily Prompt: Eyes

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The eye is called the window of our soul.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

Smiles that reach the eyes are the best kind.

These are some of the sayings that came to my mind when I saw today’s prompt.  Then I thought about what the Bible says about the eye. So I went to my Bible on my computer and did a search. The search returned 96 verses!! 96 verses on the eye! This small little part of our body. I don’t think the eye accounts for even a fraction of a fraction of our total body mass! And yet it has so much importance. Not just to us but also to God. It’s so important in His sight that He said, “An eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,” (Exodus 21:24). So if anyone is the cause for another’s sightlessness, God would avenge one by taking away the eye of the oppressor! He even goes on to say, “The eye that mocketh at his father, And despiseth to obey his mother, The ravens of the valley shall pick it out, And the young eagles shall eat it.” (Proverbs 30:17) Wow! Woe on the children of then. No wonder parents and elders were respected. Today it’s common practice for a child to look down on his parents, especially once the parent is old and dependant on him. It’s obvious that God knows best. A maid or servant could even get their freedom if their master causes them to lose their eye! “And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, and destroy it; he shall let him go free for his eye’s sake. (Exodus 21:26)

Knowing the importance of the eye, the psalmist asked the Lord to ‘Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me under the shadow of thy wings,’ (Psalms 17:8)

 

Below are some of Solomon’s wise sayings on the importance of the eye.

He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow; But a prating fool shall fall. – Proverbs 10:10

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he giveth of his bread to the poor. – Proverbs 22:9

Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties: – Proverbs 23:6

He that hath an evil eye hasteth after riches, And knoweth not that want shall come upon him. – Proverbs 28:22

All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. – Ecc 1:8

And then we have the words of Jesus, Wisdom personified! These are just a few that stood out for me.

And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. – Matthew 5:29

The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! – Matthew 6:22-23

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. – Matthew 5:27-28 (Not exactly using the word eye but the concept is the same, right?)

 

And even Paul jumped on the bandwagon!

Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord: – Collosians 3:22

From all of the above and many more verses we now know that “Beauty” is not the only thing that’s in the eye of the beholder. Our very blessings lie in our eyes! Our eyes can lead us to heaven or hell. The wide way or the narrow way. Gives a new meaning to the saying, “The eye is the window to our souls”, doesn’t it??!!