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Writer's Block: Cold turkey

Have you ever overcome a bad habit? Are there any unhealthy habits you'd like to break?

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I used to have the bad habit of judging people who stood on the streets asking for money. And even worse, I called it wisdom. After all, if I gave freely to people like that, they might go out and buy cigarettes or alcohol with my money.

One day God spoke to my heart about my self righteousness. “Freely you have received. Freely give. Period.”

I began to see that I had added my own clause on the end of the verse. It went like this…

“Freely you have received. Freely give (if you deem them worthy).

We can’t look at people and try to make a snap judgment of whether they are worthy or not. We have to walk in the Spirit and simply follow His promptings.

That day I determined in my heart to become a “Yes” person. Yes to the Holy Spirit. Yes to those who ask from me.

I no longer feel it is my responsibility to decide what others might do with my “yes“.

That’s between them and God.

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hammy4183
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
It's so weird that you posted this. My roommate and I talked about this last night. I'm in a situation right now where God is asking me to help someone who has lied to me and about me to other people. It's hard to keep helping her but I can't stand in judgement over someone. If they need help it is my duty as a Christian to help her despite what she's done to me.

After all I'm not perfect.

Having you on my flist has been such a blessing and I've loved your posts on my community. Thanks!!!
1carolinabrown
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
It takes all the pressure off of us when we just do what God calls us to do and leave the results in His hands.

I'm so glad we are LJ friends, too!
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1carolinabrown
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
You're right. All the homeless people don't spend money on "bad things". It is the self-righteous heart that will see it that way, though. God had to change me from the inside out.
belankar
Jun. 29th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
I so have to agree.

I started volunteering at the local community food bank when I was 8 with my mom. So many people would come in that needed just a little bit of help here or there (or a lot of help that sadly, the resources of the community couldn't provide).

Life happens and one little oopsie can turn an entire family around in living situations. I wish there was more help available. :(

1carolinabrown
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
You're so right. Life happens. And we all need one another to make it through.
rhkpennsylvania
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I keep wondering about this myself. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the number of homeless people in my city. I don't want to be the type of person who walks by and tries to avoid making eye contact, but I keep finding myself doing this.
1carolinabrown
Jun. 30th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Just keep your heart open and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.
"One person can't do everything, but they can do something" - chris tomlin
sewgreenm
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I am weary of giving people like that money too :/ and I have an issue remembering that God will "judge" them. . I know it, but acting on it, has been tough!
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