Dr Phil, hot sauce mom and your nosey friends
Was channel surfing a few weeks ago when I
accidentally caught an interesting episode of Dr Phil.
Alright fine, It wasn’t an accident. I sometimes choose to watch Dr Phil.
Before you judge the ‘Dr Phil’ speck in my eye, make sure you take that ‘bachelor’ log out of your eye bro.
Anyways, I was watching the ‘hot sauce mom’ Dr Phil episode. Hot sauce mom was a woman who...
disciplined her son by forcing him to put tons of hot sauce in his mouth without swallowing it. Her other mode of discipline was forcing him to take super cold showers.
Pretty sure the entire audience thought she had mental problems.
But she wasn’t crazy. She was normal as normal can be. Just a regular mom who didn’t see anything wrong with ‘hot saucing’ her kid.
Isn’t it amazing how we choose not to see something that is so obvious to everyone else?
Matt Chandler once said ‘no one lies to you more than you lie to yourself’.
Painful but true.
Too often we lie to ourselves.
We justify our unwise behavior while strategically surrounding ourselves with people who we know will cheer us on as we walk down the aisles of stupidity and bad ideas.
Anyone that tries to tell us otherwise is just nosey or a hater or they don’t understand. They don’t get how unique/different our situation is.
Eventually, we become our own versions of hot sauce mom. We actually start believing that we are doing good as we drive off a cliff.
What a tragedy. Seriously.
How sad is it that we actually deceive ourselves? Are we really so arrogant to think we can find joy at the end of self deceit?
I love the way the smartest man that ever lived put it.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
You know what that means?
There are going to be things in your life that actually seem right to you but eventually will lead to death. That ought to scare you cause It sure scares me. Its unbelievable how deceitful our hearts can be.
Todays challenge is simple: Be honest with yourself. Don't take short cuts. Don't clutter your thoughts so you can't hear yourself telling you 'this is dumb'. You know deep down what you are doing is stupid, unwise or ungodly.
I'm convinced there are so many people reading this right now who are already arguing with the voice of the Holy Spirit for just highlighting a 'hot sauce mom' area in your life. Stop fighting and just listen. Please.
There's too much at stake.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about practical ways to avoid destroying your life with right intentions but for now, I want to know...
When have you pulled a hot sauce mom i.e ignore the obvious or lied/talked yourself into doing something really stupid?
Have you done something you thought was right but it ended up in destruction?
If you read those questions and something in your past immediately jumps out at you, please, please share. I guarantee someone reading this is currently choosing to close their eyes as they accelerate off a cliff. I’m praying God uses your stories to open your eyes.
Also, anyone courageous enough to expose an area where you are currently deceiving yourself?
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