[forthright] Expectations

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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 13:18:56 -0500
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> Straight to the Cross
>
>
> COLUMN: Reality Check
>
> Expectations
> by Stan Mitchell
>
> Father: "Son, when Abraham Lincoln was your age,
> he walked seven miles to school."
>
> Son: "Dad, when Abraham Lincoln was your age, he
> was president!"
>
> We are usually pretty quick to see how others
> should behave; we have high expectations ... for
> them! We instinctively know what someone else
> should do to handle their problems, and have a
> blind spot for our own failures. We have cliches
> for their solutions, but feel that our own
> problems are "more complicated," and therefore
> require our bending the rules a little.
>
> "Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus
> loved was following them...When Peter saw him, he
> asked, 'Lord, what about him?' Jesus answered, 'If
> I want him to remain alive until I return, what is
> that to you? You must follow me" (John 21:20,22,
> NIV).
>
> Jesus' sharp reply to Peter's query about John is
> almost shocking, until you think of his final
> exhortation:
>
> "You must follow me."
>
> Following Jesus is a full-time job, engaging
> enormous resources of will and concentration.
> Those who are engulfed in this consuming task will
> have little time for setting standards for others,
> or trying to control their lives.
>
> What was Jesus when he was your age?
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