A Mirror or a Club? 725.5

One of the pleasures I get from doing these commentaries is to hear that something I said had real value to a listener. It’s particularly flattering when someone wants a written copy of a particular program so the person can share it with someone he or she knows.

I feel honored by such requests and don’t want to bite the hand that pats my back, but it’s troubling how often listeners tell me they want to use my remarks not as a personal guide but as a bludgeon to beat some family member or work associate over the head. I imagine the presentation going something like “Here – if you want to know what’s wrong with you, read this!”

First of all, I can’t imagine someone, after being presented with an essay as a form of assault, would thank his or her assailant and pledge to change. Even the best advice is rarely well-received if it’s critical. It may take a wise person to give good advice, but it takes a really honest and courageous one to take it with grace.

Respectfully, I suggest my commentaries work better as a mirror than a club. So the next time you hear me talking about integrity, cynicism, lying, rationalizing, or similar topics, please remember that you don’t have to be sick to get better. Think about how the comment may apply to your life, not someone else’s.

I’m happy to supply copies of any commentary to anyone, but it feels a lot better knowing it’s for you, something to keep in your wallet or desk or on the refrigerator to remind you of how much better you can be.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 2

  1. As a recovering alcoholic (27 yrs)I try to read a devotional and inspiring commentary every morning.They prove to be the spiritual compass for my day. Your commentaries are the same, always reminding me that instead of fighting the demons in our lives we need to surrender to the fact of their existence and turn them over to a loving God of our understanding; One day at a time! It works-if you work it. Thanks Mike for helping to keep me in the sunlight of the Spirit .

  2. Michael, you are right. I struggle with my own knowledge and beliefs. I truely believe we encounter inconveniences, annoyances, difficulties, etc. as opportunities provided us by God to exercise what He teaches about comapassion and character. The Bible offers that heretics are those who don’t believe the mesaage applies to them.
    I appreciate your gentle reminder to look in the mirror and apply the message as it was intended.

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