“What is it about me that other people would change if they could?” ~ Jones in “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews.
The quote above is a tool question used to open your eyes to another perspective. Is it the only way we should look at ourselves? Obviously – NOT – but it can be a tool to help us change our perspectives. Andy Andrews is a speaker/writer much like Og Mandino. They both write about simple lessons that we sometimes need to remember in this hectic, noisy world. It is what a lenten journey should be all about: introspection…reviewing lessons…gaining wisdom for what lies ahead.
Rabbe Jesus used his walk to Jerusalem to reinforce his teachings, drive home knowledge, and hope that His followers would gain enough wisdom to carry them into their own noisy, hectic world after He returned home. He already knew what was ahead, but free will is free will even within his own disciples. His warnings were not easy on anyone – especially those who would follow Him…in the 1st century…in the 21st century…
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them…” Matt 23:2-4
It makes me wonder, “What is it about me that He would change if He could?” and “Am I strong enough…loving enough…wise enough to enact those changes in my hectic, noisy world?”