The Eye Roll

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness.” Psalm 145:8

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If you had a teenager in your house you are familiar with the eye roll.  Maybe you were an eye roller yourself as a teen.  Have you noticed that this is a condition that can carry over into adulthood?  I decided to dig a little deeper to understand the eye roll phenomenon.

Here are some things that I uncovered in my research about eye rolling:

  1.  An eye-roll may say that the eye roller is an independent person but choosing to yield, for now, to your authority.
  2. People might roll their eyes when someone pokes a sore spot.
  3. An eye roll could be a way for the person to hold themselves together.  Instead of breaking down they simply roll their eyes.
  4. It may be a visual sign of disapproval of what has been said.
  5. It may mean they find you annoying.
  6. They may find what you just said hard to believe.

According to my research, eye rolling has been around since the 15th century when Shakespeare wrote about it as a way to express desire.  It wasn’t until the 1960s that eye-rolling fully acquired the meaning we associate with it today, and even then, it didn’t become widespread until the 1980s.  That explains one of the reasons I did not roll my eyes at my mother when I was a child.  The fear of getting slapped and not seeing it coming while my eyes were rolled back in my head could be another reason.  Lastly, the fear that my eyes might stuck back there, you heard it too, was yet another reason why I did not do it.

I must say that I have had a few eye rolls directed at me in my life time and my daughter was the biggest offender when she was a teenager.  I hoped, for the sake of all the young mothers, to uncover this was a medical condition that could be cured.  But, I am sad to say that it is a voluntary action that can actually be controlled.

I am so glad that God does not roll his eyes at us.  I know that at times, I have given God many reasons to roll his eyes at me, but He is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness to us.

If you are an eye roller, try to make a conscience effort to handle other people like Jesus would, with grace, compassion, mercy and loving-kindness not by rolling your eyes at them.  Pray today that God will help you control your voluntary eye rolling.  Then pray that until you get it under control that God would not cause your eyes to get stuck that way.

Can Christians Really Make A Difference In the World Or Is It Too Late?

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Today’s Truth: Micah 6:8 You mortals, the Lord has told you what is good.  This is what the Lord requires from you:  to do what is right,  to love mercy,  and to live humbly with your God

From My Heart To Yours:

Can Christians really make a difference in the world or is it too late?  This question is one that is discussed in many pulpits and small group bible studies across America.  I believe there are a couple of different answers to the question.  First I believe yes we can make a difference.  We can make a difference in our own families, in our churches, in our communities and in our circle of Christian friends.  If you are a Christian, you know the Bible describes how the world will end.  The Bible tells us that as we get closer to the end of this world that sin will not get better, it will get worse.  True, however to me, that does not mean that we just lay down and prepare for death.  We still a responsibility to God while we are here.

I find the book of Micah to be a very interesting book of the Bible and I believe that it and this scripture reference for today can be used to answer the question, can Christians really make a difference in the world today.

Micah was a modern-day prophet for his time.  He was telling the people who God was a God of love but he was also a God of wrath.  The people were told that judgement was certain to come upon them if they did not heed His warnings about their blatant sins.  A lot of preachers and television evangelist today talk about promises and blessings for Christians but choose not to talk to about the sins we are committing.  Discussing sin is not popular now and it was not popular in Micah’s day either.

Micah was not the deliver of gloom and doom by talking about the sins of that day.  He told the people God loved them and provided hope that their relationship with God could be restored as it once was before.  He didn’t stop there though.  He gave them clear instructions on how to do it.  Micah 6:8 says, You mortals, the Lord has told you what is good.  This is what the Lord requires from you:  to do what is right,  to love mercy,  and to live humbly with your God.

God still requires these three things from Christians today just as He did in Micah’s day.  If every Christian would decide to follow this simple verse we could make a difference in this world and with all those we come in contact with.

….This is what the Lord requires from you:

1.  TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT –  We are to do what is right in our relationship with God. God is deserving of our heart, mind, body, and soul.  Jesus tells us (Mk. 12:28-30) that the first commandment is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Because He created us in His own image, God rightly and justly deserves all of our worship and adoration. “This is the first commandment.”

We are also to do what is right and fair to our neighbor (to other people).  Not what is right and fair based on what man tells us but what is right and fair based on what God tells us. The world tells us to sue our neighbor, hate our neighbor, ignore our neighbor and the list goes on.  Jesus tells us (MK12:31) The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

2.  TO LOVE MERCY – You must show love and kindness. Some people are weaker than you are and some are poorer than you are. You should be kind to them and help them.  For most Christians this means giving money to the poor person standing on the side of the road or giving money to the homeless.  But mercy comes in many forms such as kindness, benevolence, and charity. Sometimes mercy is just being willing to forgive the sins of others as God is willing to forgive our sins.

3.  TO LIVE HUMBLY WITH GOD – You must walk (live) humbly with God. The first two instructions tell us how to treat each other. But this one is about our actions towards God.  We should agree with what God tells us in His Word and show Him that He is important to us through our word, actions and lives. We should do what God wants us to, no matter how easy or how hard it may be.

You can not do the first two if you do not have a good relationship with God.  You must love him, trust him, depend on him and obey him.  With him all things are possible. Without him one and two will be impossible.

Can Christians really make a difference in the world?  Again I say yes.  Won’t you do your part?  Start today by deciding to focus on you and your family and then challenge and inspire other Christians to do the same.

Let’s Pray: 

Dear Lord, we know that in the times we live in today it is hard to stand for right.  Sometimes we become discouraged, want to give up trying to do right.  Sometimes we are convinced  that we can not make a difference because we are just one person or one family.  But Lord we know you are still the same God today as you were in Micah’s day.  Thank you for your promise of forgiveness through salvation and for the mercy and grace you give to us each day.  Help us to do what is right, to love mercy and to live humbly with you.  In Jesus Name. AMEN.