Squeaky Wheels

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Why does the squeaky wheel get the grease? Because it’s an irritation to itself and others around it … kinda like me! I don’t set out to irritate; joy, peace, and happiness are much better goals; whiners and complainers are unpleasant to be around; is anything ever enough to squelch the squeak? I’m not sure. First I find all the imperfections in myself and try to fix them; when fixing myself becomes impossible, I latch on to the nearest and dearest to me and begin the process of perfecting them. Result? No one is happy … me or my loved ones.

Lord, why can’t I be satisfied with myself? You made me in Your image, yet all I see are personal imperfections. My dissatisfaction with self must be such a sadness to you; and how dare I attempt to correct and perfect another of Your children!

I do know to follow the paths You would have me follow, I must be willing to let go and let YOU lead. Nothing says I am bad and to make myself worthy of Your love I must change who I am. You love me just as I am. Will I ever learn to love myself just as I am; to love others and allow them to be just who they are?

Please, Dear Father, help me look for the GOOD in myself. By looking for MY good I am bound to see the GOOD in all others. Help my wheel to cause less irritation, let up on the friction, spin at the speed intended, and travel the designated paths You designed especially for me. Amen

 

Just As I Am, Without One Plea
Author: Charlotte Elliott  1835

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidd’st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

 

In a rapidly ascending balloon were two men.
One watched the earth getting farther and farther away.
One watched the stars getting nearer and nearer.
~George Jean Nathan, “Viewpoint,” A Book Without a Title, 1918

 

 

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. ~Abraham Maslow

 

 

Matthew 7: 7-8  International Children’s Bible 

Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who continues asking will receive. He who continues searching will find. And he who continues knocking will have the door opened for him.

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