Insensitivity

October 21, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

They [disciples] still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.

Mark 6:52, NLT

QUOTE

I’m just fine, thanks for not asking.

~T. L. Morris

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Someone once said, “The only way to be happy in this life is to have low expectations of people and learn to be insensitive.” A lot of doctors are unable to show emotions because they deal with sickness and death everyday and they have learned to repress their emotions: it is a defense mechanism. It is not just doctors who put up a shield to protect themselves, preachers [disciples] do it also. I see sickness, heartbreak, rejection, death, grief, divorce and addictions constantly. I have very few days where I don’t encounter someone who is hurting.

Sometimes I get worried about Jack, is he becoming insensitivity. We don’t have to tell people “We don’t care,” they can see it in our body language and our actions. In yesterday’s bible reading, I came across to three verses about insensitivity and two are about Jesus disciples. In Mark 10 Jesus tells the Pharisees that Moses permitted divorce as a concession to their hard hearts. Later in chapter 10, Jesus is telling His disciples about what will take place in Jerusalem: He will be handed over to the Gentiles, mocked, spit upon, flogged and crucified. He had no more than got this out of his mouth when James and John asked for seats of honor in the kingdom. It is mind bobbling how insensitive we can be!

People forget a lot of things but they do not forget how we made them feel. Remember the guy who got robbed, stripped and beaten half to death in the story of the Good Samaritan: what hurt him most, the clubs of the robbers or the indifference of the priest and Levite. We don’t expect criminals to care but we do expect religious leaders to care. The Priest and Levite did not!

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  • Big Mama had foot surgery yesterday and cannot do anything for three whole days: this means I am nurse, cook, bottle washer, the whole 9 yards. I pretty sure I will not be doing the laundry. The nurse told me the pain meds might make her irritable. I said, “You think!” She was right, they made her more than irritable; they made her sick. We are going to try to get that fixed ASAP tomorrow. I’ve got plenty of help right now: one and nine are here.
  • KANE UPDATE: Kane still doing good, still planning on coming home this weekend.
  • THE GATHERING TONIGHT at 6:30. We had 104 last week but we can do better!
  • Today [10/21/15] is Lexi and Lara’s 18th birthday…Unbelievable…here is my favorite all time pic.

Coming Home Tomorrow Night For Camp

  • Don’t forget the FELLOWSHIP and hayrides Sunday night. Everything begins at 5:30.
  • Mrs. Coree Vest Celebration of Life Service is today at 2:00 at Oakridge. Wow, what a line at the funeral home last night!
  • Congratulations to Aaron and Sammy Jo on the birth of their son Payton Keith Burgess.

Gary, Keri and Kane

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