1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
1 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
Today I want you to sit down and write yourself a letter. Yes write a letter from you to you. Do so after you examine and see where you are in the faith. Truthfully evaluate who you are in Christ. Look at what you say, how you respond when you don't get your way. How you pray, how you study the scripture. How you honor your father and mother. How you love your spouse, how you love Jesus. Just a complete inventory of who you are. Pick out an area that you need to be closer to Jesus in and write a letter to your self explaining what the deal is. i have written my letter below to guide you.
I have been watching you lately and I would like to discuss a few things with you mainly because I love you and I want you to reflect the love of Jesus Christ and I want you to be like Him and exhibit His ways. Today it was revealed to you in your study and preparation of not a fan chapter 7 page 92 on the ipad, (I know you love details) that you are a self-absorbed person. When you are in the middle of things you do not hear, you do not acknowledge others, you do not respond to some very dear people in your life. You act like what they have to say doesn’t matter and can wait. These are people that you love dearly, your beautiful wife, your precious daughters and your son. Their comments you ignore until you are ready to respond. Your wife makes excuses for you saying, ‘you are just concentrating’ and you allow her to do it. The whole time this is going on they don’t feel important enough for you to stop what you are doing and listen. So what if it breaks your concentration, you and I both know you have attention deficient disorder anyway, at any given minute you can be out preparing a garden you don’t have, or adding on to your shop, or building a table, you will chase a squirrel in a minute and you know it, so stop what you are doing and respond to your family. Just like Kyle Idleman’s wife did not even feel like she was on a date if she did not have Kyle’s attention, your children, your wife and others feel like they are of zero importance when they are working with you. You and I know the truth, you love them with all of your heart, but don’t you want them to know that as well? Don’t you want them to enjoy the time they spend with you? You make them not want to be in the shop. You make them dread having to help you. Did your father treat you that way? No, and before you go and puff yourself up and say you never interrupted his train of thought, you forget one thing, I was there. You did the same thing. Listen get over yourself, you are not performing open heart surgery or removing something from someone’s brain, you are just building something. The wood is not going to die, it has already dead. The measurement is not going to change, once again if we are getting real, you know you are going to forget the measurement before you get to the saw anyway. Stop and listen. And another thing, when is the last time you said thank you to Princess Karl. She quit a job to help you. She works each and every day, you barely pay her, and all she wants is for you to be happy, to love her, and to show your love to her. Get your mind right, she will be leaving in January, you better seize every moment. That girl loves you, and you better return the love. Don’t make me come over there, wait, I am over there, anyway you don’t want me to take matters into my own hands, wait, they are in my hands. Would you just love Jesus and allow the love of Jesus to flow through to the ones you love!!!!! Stop acting like you are the center of the universe and understand that only Jesus is the center of the universe. Do not say ever again, if only someone could walk in your shoes, it only makes you sound silly and more self-absorbed. Most days in your life you are not dealing with life and death. It is just wood and glue, and paint and finish, seriously ain’t nobody dying, get real. Now with your real job, your real calling, that may be a different situation. You need to be alert and on point. People are dying and going to hell every day. Be attentive, the word you speak today may stop an affair. It may lead to the salvation of a soul, it may restore a father son relationship, so be slow to speak, quick to hear, and absolutely in tune with Jesus. There is serious work to be done, so grab a shovel and let us dig deep and prepare earnestly, because a rake will not get the dirt out of the ditch. We don’t know surface scratchers!