Often the Blonde and I will discuss and pray for the hurts, habits, and hang-ups in other people’s lives. The conversation typically ends with me saying, “I guess I have my own problems to solve.” Which if decoded means, if I can’t fix myself how can I fix someone else. Therefore I need to shut up and pray to the One who can fix us all.

I’m pretty sure the advertising team that created the Super Bowl commercial that shared about the guy whose bleep don’t stink is going to Hell (just kidding). I think it was crude and in poor taste (but I’m old, uptight, cynical and love Jesus) and last time I checked God doesn’t care for crude joking (Ephesians 5:4), but I get their point. The problem the fragrance people address is true, and it’s called pride, and it’s why we look down on others - because our bleep doesn’t stink. Of course, that’s a lie, and it smells like smoke and comes from the pit of Hell. Last time I checked all of us, “... have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, …(Romans 3:23).” Because of that, Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone … (John 8:7)” We have got to be careful about throwing rocks at others, even those who have caused us great pain. Do you remember what Jesus said as they nailed Him to the cross on the town garbage heap? He said, “... forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).”

In Matthew 7:2 Jesus told us “... the measure you use with others is the measure that will be used on you.” Then He told us to, “... take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” I’m a fan of grace and mercy. I like an unmerited favor, and I like not getting what I do deserve. The trouble is most of us are hypocrites, and while we freely receive grace and mercy, we do not like to extend it to those around us.

My friend Steve Brown recently said that if we take all the names off all the buildings, we are not going to have any heroes - not only that but if we keep that attitude of throwing rocks, we are all going to be dead sooner than later. I’ve got to go; I have an entire lumber yard in my eye. He told me to tell you that.