Lord, Keep Me From "straining Gnats And Swallowing Camels."

#1
Found this well written concern of mine:

When people make a big deal out of small things, Jesus is unhappy! Here we are straining gnats with our self-made soul-sifter, thinking ourselves cunningly intelligent and uniquely positioned to point out others' shortcomings and overgoings, when we are beautifully blind to the camel hanging out of our own soul. We are gnat-pickers, nit-pickers. We love to grind axes and split hairs, but are woefully unaware of our own glaring idiosyncrasies.

Gnat focused people...

1. Are in a constant state of evaluation.
2. Try to justify themselves by tearing others down.
3. Look for ways to catch someone else in a lie.
4. Can't relax in their own skin.
5. Think everyone is just like them.
6. See the 10% bad and disregard the 90% good.
7. Are paranoid of people's opinions of them.
8. Make a big deal out of minutia, mincing and mulling over scenarios.
9. Are hard on themselves and, thus, other people.
10. Position themselves as morality cops.
11. Guard the "letter of the law" while disregarding the "spirit of the law".
12. Obsess over policies, procedures, and protocols.
13. Are master trouble shooters and horrible beauty shooters.
14. Make everyone else around them nervous with performance-anxiety.
15. Are wound up tighter than a snare drum with controlling demands.
16. Are impossible to love because they don't love themselves even though they're narcissists.
17. Are ready to crucify anyone who disagrees with them.
18. Stubbornly refuse to be teachable because they know everything.
19. Have intelligent arguments to defend their gnatty behavior in the court of law.
20. Are largely unaware of how much people dislike them and avoid them.

The camels that are hanging out of their mouths are:

1. A gross lack of self-awareness.
2. A refusal to see themselves through the mirror of people's reactions to them.
3. A condition I call "diarrhea of the mouth". (talking without saying anything)
4. An inability to ask questions or inquire of someone's else's story/reality.
5. A clueless conscience; very little conviction over blatant sin.
6. An obnoxious, noxious attitude that acts as a people-repellant.
7. An addiction to the approval, affirmation and attention.
8. An angry spirit that drives their every dealing.
9. An unstoppable urge to talk about other people behind their backs.
10. A perfection disorder...they can't relax in their own skin for the life of them.
11. A desire to impress others with one-upmanship.
12. (and worst of all) A stonewalling of anyone who tries to confront them on their camel.
 
#2
Ugh. How full my plate is with all these gnats and camels. No wonder I am so fat. I really must watch my diet and eat only the Bread of Life and drink only the Living Waters. Gotta cut down on those camels. They keep getting stuck in my teeth.......or is it they keep getting my foot stuck in my mouth?
 
#3
Ugh. How full my plate is with all these gnats and camels. No wonder I am so fat. I really must watch my diet and eat only the Bread of Life and drink only the Living Waters. Gotta cut down on those camels. They keep getting stuck in my teeth.......or is it they keep getting my foot stuck in my mouth?
LOL..............Camel is not bad if you can get the right sauce!
 
#4
Ugh. How full my plate is with all these gnats and camels. No wonder I am so fat. I really must watch my diet and eat only the Bread of Life and drink only the Living Waters. Gotta cut down on those camels. They keep getting stuck in my teeth.......or is it they keep getting my foot stuck in my mouth?
Join the club....Doing my best with God's grace to not have either problem.

Concise list, eh?